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How to Verify if Your Gas Line is Grounded

Do You Know if You Have A Gas Line?

I know I have a gas line because I have the yellow, flexible gas line coming out of our gas water heater

I know I have a gas line because I have the yellow, flexible gas line coming out of our gas water heater

Do You Have a Gas Line?

Do you have:

  • A gas furnace?
  • A gas water heater?
  • A gas stove?
  • A gas dryer?
  • A gas fireplace?

Answering yes to any of these questions means you have a gas line in the house and you should verify that it is grounded.

Is Your Gas Line Grounded?

Our house is in contract and the prospective buyers requested an inspection of our current home. Inspections are necessary for the buyer to understand the condition of the home as well as what items they would like to have repaired prior to closing. Our buyers generated a request to remedy as a result of the inspection. They have the opportunity to review the detailed inspection report and determine what items they can live with and what items they want the sellers to repair. I was shocked to find that one item in our remedy list was to have our gas line grounded.

Imagine that lightning strikes your house or even the ground outside your home. The energy can travel to your gas line and it can result in an explosion. When I asked our certified technician, Lonnie Judoson, “When you say explosion…” he said, “I mean explosion. Your house and everything in it gone!”

Is your gas line grounded?

An Example of the Gas Line Grounded Outside the House

The gas line can also be grounded outside the home by attaching the #6 copper wire to the black iron pipe outside and burying the grounding rod or pipe eight feet into the ground.

The gas line can also be grounded outside the home by attaching the #6 copper wire to the black iron pipe outside and burying the grounding rod or pipe eight feet into the ground.

How Do You Determine if Your Gas Line Is Grounded?

I wasn’t even sure how to tell if our gas line is grounded.

We have a gas water heater. There is a yellow, flexible corrugated gas line coming from our water heater. Once I knew what I was looking for, I saw many yellow gas lines in the ceiling of our basement. Find two black iron pipes on either side of the aluminum regulator. If you do not have a #6 gauge copper wire connected to the pipes and going into your electrical box or outside your home, your gas line is not grounded.

If we had a finished basement and the gas line was not exposed, our technician told me that another option would be to ground the black iron pipe from outside the house and burying it eight feet into the ground.

Take a Gas Line Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Grounding your gas line is essential for the safety of the family as well as the house.
    • True.
    • False.
  2. Grounding the gas line can cost about...
    • $500
    • $100
    • $750
  3. You can not ground a gas line if your basement is finished and gas lines are not exposed.
    • True.
    • False. You can ground the gas line from the outside of the house

Answer Key

  1. True.
  2. $100
  3. False. You can ground the gas line from the outside of the house

Proper Gas Line Installation

Before beginning any job, our technician assesses that the gas line is properly installed. He verified proper supports for the gas line in addition to the correct size couplers. He makes sure nothing is hanging from the yellow gas line. He has seen instances where people have hung things, such as clothes hangers, from the gas line. That can put excess stress on the line causing it to crack and resulting in catastrophe.

Double check your gas line. Is it properly installed and free of hanging objects?

Lonnie Judson Handyman Services

My Local Recommendation for Proper Gas Line Grounding:

Call for an estimate: (614) 620-4455

Gas Line Now Properly Grounded

I am shocked that we waited ten years to have our gas line grounded. When you consider the odds of having lightning strike your house, you might not consider it a big deal, but I don’t play the odds.We have been in our house for a decade and two homes in our neighborhood have caught on fire due to lightning strikes.

After learning about grounding the gas line, we would be fortunate to have a fire instead of an explosion.

I rest easy knowing that our gas line is now grounded.

Can you?

Comments

Jimmy on February 09, 2018:

this is wrong...most of what you said is wrong and you have no idea what you are talking about. Gas lines are bonded and only require extra bonding if its CSST and this bond line must be 6 AWG copper to the electric grounding conductor from the point of entry for the gas not a rod to ground. All other solid gas lines are bonded by the appliances that they are powered by which are either hardwired or plugged in with grounded wiring so there is no need for added grounding and in fact that is dangerous.

Karen Lackey (author) from Ohio on August 21, 2012:

Thanks, Kashmir! As always, I appreciate your comments as well as your avatar!

Karen Lackey (author) from Ohio on August 21, 2012:

I am glad he checked. Our house is a new build and perhaps they do things differently depending on part of the country as well as with or without basements. Thanks for commenting and sharing!

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on August 21, 2012:

Hi twinstimes2 great hub with very valuable information that every home owner need to know.

Well done and vote up and more !!!

Deborah from Las Vegas on August 21, 2012:

Twinstimes2, I made my husband read this hub and he said the gas line was underground, I think I have to take his word for it, but you know, he did check, and that's a good thing! Thanks for the informational and very important hub. Voted Up and Shared!

Karen Lackey (author) from Ohio on August 20, 2012:

Natasha, I didn't know this either, but I am glad I learned. I was hoping that I could inform a couple people on what I learned last week, too! Thanks for reading!

Natasha from Hawaii on August 20, 2012:

Gosh! I didn't know gas lines could be grounded! I glad I live in an apartment right now and don't have to worry about this stuff.

Karen Lackey (author) from Ohio on August 20, 2012:

Thanks for reading, Laura. My goal was information and just enough fear that you would check. :) I figure my family was too valuable not to check.

LauraGSpeaks from Raleigh, NC on August 20, 2012:

Very informative hub. Since you have put fear in my mind, I am going now to see if my gas line grounded....

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