Natural Gas Safety In The Home

When we are purchasing or selling a home, we all want the same thing – a thorough, independent, certified, professional home inspection with unshakable confidence in our findings. In order for you to have the best inspection possible here are some important things you need to know!

Natural gas appliances and pipes in homes can be damaged resulting in Gas Leaks, which may lead to fires if an ignition source is present. Natural gas is typically a factor in about one in four fires in the home, the amount of destruction can vary depending upon a number of factors. Structural weaknesses or the absence of appliance anchors and flexible pipe connections lead to a greater possibility of gas leaks. Contact SDG&E for more information.

Natural Gas Inspection Points

Inspect and examine all appliances including water heaters, dryers, stove furnaces to see if they are anchored to the floor or wall and have a flexible pipe connection.

If the water heater is off, the inspectors can not turn on the water heater, and will not be able to test for hot water at sinks and faucets.

Make sure the gas shut-off Valve Is accessible

Relying on a manual gas shutoff valve is an effective means to stop the flow of gas if a person is present. If you smell gas, hear gas escaping, or suspect a broken gas pipe, appliance, vent, or flue, use a wrench to turn off the gas valve that’s located at the gas meter,

Methane detectors, and a hybrid system can further reduce the risk of gas leaks and possible ignitions. Remember once the gas has been shut off, service can only be restored by a qualified plumber / regional utility personnel. Following an earthquake may lead to delays in restoring service safely.

California Business Code 9.3 7195 describes a home inspection as a non-invasive examination. Our job is to evaluate the house as we find it, not as it could be. You can read our reviews on Google and Yelp.

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