Explosive Outdoor Gas Grill Services
You may think an overcooked sirloin spells disaster, but actually a gas explosion or an electrical fire could be a lot more catastrophic.
Outdoor cooking comes in all shapes and sizes, from a little charcoal hibachi on the back stoop to a full-on culinary compound big enough to accommodate a catering crew. Only your yard size, budget, and local ordinances limit your desires. Don’t let the following mistakes trip up your plans to install the ultimate backyard barbecue.
How to install a new gas line for the outdoor gas grill
If you are installing a new gas line for the grill, your locale may require a permit. Failure to obtain a permit where necessary may result in fines, but that’s not why you should get one.
Permits may be required for certain projects because they need to be inspected to make sure they comply with building codes. Projects that fail to meet codes could be potentially hazardous to you, your property, your neighbors, and the environment, especially when it comes to something that could explode.
Gas lines for outdoor gas grill
Code restrictions can dictate how far gas lines must be from structures or other utilities under your property, or how deep the lines must be buried. On the other hand, you may luck out and find that your locale allows you to install a quick connect shut-off valve at the house, to which you hook up a hose that you connect only as needed to a grill designed or retrofitted to accept it.
In addition to permitting and code restrictions from your community, your gas company in all likelihood prefers if you call them to turn gas off and back on unless there is an immediate emergency. If you are running a new gas line from your house to the grill, you may need to turn off the gas to the whole house. Gas connections require special pipes, valves, tools, and supplies. If you’re setting up a separate line or a quick-connect shut-off valve where none existed before, call a licensed plumber to do the work.
Outdoor gas grill leaking
For safety’s sake, ensure there are no leaks in your fuel delivery system. Inspect the hoses: They should not be crimped or brittle. The propane tank should not be bulging, rusted, or compromised in any way. (If it is, exchange it.) If you disconnected the tank for the winter, reconnect it. Make a leak detection solution by combining 2 tablespoons of liquid dish soap with 2 tablespoons of water. Leaving the burners in the “off” position, open the valve to the propane tank. If you smell gas, brush the leak detection solution on the hoses and couplings and look for bubbling. Replace any failed parts and repeat the test before lighting your grill. This is rare, but it does happen.
Avoid these mistakes by hiring a gas plumber technician to install your new grill.
Outdoor gas grill safety
Gas grills account go wrong, they account for 80 percent of all types of grill fires. Typically, outdoor gas grill fires are caused by gas line leaks or a broken part. Keep your family and property safe by taking the following precautions:
- Be sure to position your grill at least 10 feet away from your house, structures, and trees.
- Frequently check the fuel line for gas leaks. If a leaks is suspected, turn off the outdoor gas grill immediately and don’t use it again until it’s repaired or replaced.
- Never leave the grill unattended.
- Do not overfill the propane tank. Typically, it’s illegal to fill a 20-pound propane tank more than 80 percent. Keep this percentage in mind as you fill your tank for grilling.
- Store propane tanks outdoors in an upright position away from the grill.
- Regularly clean the grill off. The more food on the grate makes a grease fire more likely.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill by establishing a “safety zone” surrounding the grill.
Install a carbon monoxide detector today!
If you have gas lines for your home, then you need to install a CO detector due to a possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning. There are several types of carbon monoxide detectors to choose from to fit the specific needs of your home in order to keep your family safe. Call our technicians to go over your options today.
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