When you own a home or run a business, you have certain responsibilities to make sure your physical property works for everyone spending time there. Part of that responsibility is providing heat, light, power, and functioning appliances and fixtures. Most homes and businesses need core utilities hooked up to accomplish this, and that group often includes things like electricity, water, a phone line, and Internet service. Television is an optional one commonly chosen, but another utility some homes and businesses have is natural gas, which can be used for things like heating and cooking.
Having a natural gas line put in is growing in popularity as more of the resource is harvested across the country. The growing availability of the supply and low prices make it an affordable choice, and it’s better for the environment than things like power derived from coal or oil. Whether you’re looking for a gas line installation as part of a new construction or a feature added later, keep reading to learn 5 things to consider in your shopping around.
1) Certifications: The necessary certifications, insurance, licensing, and bonding are going to vary from state to state, and maybe even on the municipal level. However, you need to check to see what the local requirements are and make sure a business actually meets them before you use them.
2) Experience: Ideally, you’ll pick a gas line installer with at least three years of local experience. You’ll know this is a business rooted in the area that’s not going anywhere soon, and they know what they’re doing.
3) Quality of work: The right gas line installer is not going to create a lot of problems for themselves (or you) with their work, but if you go with an experienced crew or establishment with years of local experience, you’ll likely come across a few reviewers that wound up having trouble with their installation. Look for a professional or business that responds to such issues quickly and stands behind their work or corrects it.
4) Scheduling flexibility or convenience: Gas line installation can prove a rather invasive process, as it often means running pipe through a yard from the main line, into a structure, through the flooring and walls, and into a connection of the needed appliances, often in the back and out of sight, although sometimes from underneath. Still, for all the trouble this work can mean, you probably don’t want it to take long so it doesn’t impede business or your lifestyle, but you also might want it to happen while someone is there to watch things over.
5) Background checks and photo IDs: You can never be too careful these days, so you should only do business with a gas line installation crew or business that will send you the names and photos of any technicians coming to your residence or property in advance so you have no surprises. Also, if that company hasn’t run background checks on those individuals, you should do so yourself.
With these 5 considerations in mind, you can find the right gas line installation provider that meets your budget and needs.