How Deep Are Gas Lines Buried?
May 26, 2022
The most common cause of gas line breaks is digging near an existing pipeline, so it’s important to know how deep they are and where they’re located on your property before you start digging.
In general, main gas lines are at least 24 inches deep, and service lines on private property are 12 to 18 inches deep.
If you plan to add a new firepit, stove, built-in grill, or other appliance to your home, you may need to install a new gas line. As tempting as it may be to save some money and install the gas line yourself, safety is paramount when it comes to this type of work, and we strongly recommend hiring a licensed plumber to get the job done.
To help you understand the importance of hiring a pro in this type of situation, we’ll quickly review the following topics so you can get to work on your project:
- Why are gas lines buried below the ground?
- How to locate gas lines on your property
- Is it safe to install gas lines yourself?
- How to find a reputable plumber for gas line work
Let’s dive in and learn more about the gas lines on your property and how to navigate them safely.
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Why Are Gas Lines Buried Below the Ground?
Gas lines are installed below the ground for two main reasons:
- Aesthetics: Gas lines don’t necessarily make a property look appealing, so burying them beneath the ground hides them away and disguises them from view. That way, we don’t have to look at them all the time, they aren’t an eyesore, and they don't decrease home value.
- Damage reduction: If gas lines were left visible above the ground, they’d be more prone to damage due to corrosion or impact, which could result in severe consequences like gas leaks or explosions. Burying gas lines beneath the ground also protects them from illegal activities like theft or tampering.
How To Locate Gas Lines on Your Property
Although gas lines are hidden away neatly beneath the ground of your home, that doesn’t mean it’s safe to dig anywhere on your property. Before you dig, you should always find out where your gas lines are located and have your gas company mark them so you can avoid damaging them. As a Florida resident, you’re also legally required to do this at least two full business days before you start digging. If you fail to have your gas company mark your lines, you could face certain consequences like:
- Temporary loss of gas service
- Costly fines, damages, and repairs to your property
- Severe injuries to yourself, your family, or your neighbors
To locate all the gas lines on your property, you’ll need to call 811 (the national call-before-you-dig phone number) or submit an online request at www.sunshine811.com to have your local utility company mark your gas lines with paint or flags. Sunshine811 is a free service for residents, excavators, underground facility owners and operators, and anyone else who wants to prevent damage to underground utilities.
When you call them, you’ll speak with a representative, who will ask you a few simple questions about your project. If you submit your request online, you’ll need to include the same information. Once you’ve done that, you’ll receive a ticket that details how long it will take for your utility company to mark all your gas lines and how you can confirm completion before you dig.
To submit an online request to the center, you’ll need to have the following information ready:
- Your personal information (name, address, phone number)
- The type of project you want to be done
- The anticipated start date and time for the project
- The address where you’ll complete the project and a location description
Although you can complete this process on your own, the best part about hiring a licensed plumber to install a new gas line for you is that they’ll automatically take care of all this paperwork on your behalf. Not only is hiring a pro easier, but it can also save you the time and hassle of completing these tasks!
Is It Safe To Install Gas Lines Yourself?
Only certified and trained professionals should install or repair your gas lines. Although you may save money installing a gas line yourself, it’s not worth the risk. We highly recommend not going the DIY route with gas line work for several reasons:
- A licensed plumber will meet all legal requirements: Gas line installation isn’t as easy as it might sound. There are strict laws and guidelines regarding the type of work and materials you should use. A licensed professional will ensure your gas line installation meets all safety codes, install it correctly, and that you have all the proper permits and inspections required to complete the work.
- It could be life-threatening: One potential safety hazard of installing or repairing gas lines yourself is the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of natural gas that can be deadly if you inhale it for a prolonged time. When licensed plumbers complete gas line work, they use special equipment to detect carbon monoxide on your property, which protects you and the rest of your household from any danger. Not to mention, when installing or repairing a gas line, there’s always the potential for a gas leak. Professionals will have the right tools and experience to dig safely to prevent leaks and seal your gas pipes correctly.
- It requires professional knowledge and expertise: Adding a new gas line to your existing system is a complex process that could endanger your household if done incorrectly. Hiring a pro to do the work for you is always the safest option.
How To Find a Reputable Plumber for Gas Line Work
Due to the safety risks, it’s essential to hire a licensed plumber for any gas line work. However, not all plumbers are certified to install gas lines or repair gas line leaks.
To find a reputable plumber, look for one that:
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At Red Cap, we care about your family’s well-being, and we can help you complete your gas line installation correctly and safely. Our thoroughly trained plumbers have extensive experience with gas line repair and installation, and we back our work with a 100% quality guarantee. Plus, when you hire a Red Cap plumber, we guarantee you won’t have any surprise fees when you get your bill.
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