A lot of people take for granted the gas pipes that run from the kerb to the meter and into their house. These pipes are every homeowner’s responsibility. Appliances are attached to them to function. So, besides the pipes, your appliances are also your responsibility, to make sure that they are always in good condition and will not pose a fire hazard to your home. Enlisting the services of a utility bidder company will help you ensure that your gas and electric lines are always operating safely at the least cost. These tips will help you maintain the safety of your home and family.
The flame should be blue
A good flame is blue, not orange or yellow. The blue flame – on both the burners and the pilot lights – indicates that everything is in working order. Should a burner on your stove shut off, you should turn the knob to close off the gas supply. Wait a few minutes for the fumes to dissipate, and then use a match to light the pilot light, which will then turn the burner on again.
Knowing how your gas appliances work and how the connections look should give you a heads-up when something is out of order. If there are connections to the gas line that look bent or at a weird angle, there are some leaks or rust or stain develops, you should call a certified plumber to check your pipes.
Switch filters regularly
The frequency with which you replace your furnace filters should be at least three times a year or according to the recommendation of the furnace manufacturer. Doing so will ensure that air flows properly through the filters.
Have all your gas appliances – stoves, furnace, fireplace, chimney, flue, and gas line – inspected by a qualified technician at least once every year. Remember that natural gas connectors may corrode or break, so look out for them. For natural gas connectors that are older than 25 years old, replacing the connectors is a wise investment.
Hire a professional to install gas appliances
Never, ever attempt to install gas appliances to your gas line all by yourself. A qualified professional should do the work because they have a standard of work that they follow to ensure the safety of their clients.
Always have a fire extinguisher handy
Place a good-sized fire extinguisher in a conspicuous location for easy access, so that in the event of a fire, you have the first remedy. You can prevent a fire from getting bigger with the help of an extinguisher. Make sure to learn how to properly use one and follow the instructions given in the manufacturer’s manual. Teach your kids how to use one too. Keep in mind though that the content of fire extinguishers expires when not used in five years. Note the date of purchase on the paper attached to the extinguisher, so you don’t forget when you bought it. Check the gauge every month.
It is imperative that you hire someone to do maintenance checks on your gas lines to ensure the safety of your family. Faulty gas lines can be hazardous and can involve the neighbours when the pipes leak and catch fire or explode.
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