The sunshine is here, the kids are playing kickball, and you’re out back, spatula in hand, firing up the grill again. Does it get any better? With any luck it will be safe to have small gatherings by the time Father’s Day and the Fourth of July roll around. If you’re like me, you’re probably ready to have a burger, share a beer, and chat with the neighbors. And if the party’s at your place this year, we may be able to save you from a classic grilling conundrum: running out of propane. So for all you backyard barbecuers wondering if it’s possible to run a gas line to your outdoor grill, let’s take a look.
No one wants to be the guy running out of propane at the wrong time. It’s frustrating. Going out to get a new tank can be time consuming, and when you have guests waiting at home, the whole mess can be downright embarrassing. This may be one of the reasons so many people are thinking about running gas lines to outdoor grills this summer. But can you? The answer is… maybe.
You’ll Need the Local Plumber On This One.
The following video from This Old House (starting around the 50 sec. mark) will give you a good idea of how much goes into the process of installing a natural gas line. We want to stress, as the video does, that this is not a do-it-yourself job. Many of our friends and customers know us not only as plumbing contractors, but as a source of DIY tips. We do like to empower our Columbus community, but it’s always safety first. For this particular project, you’ll want to be licensed.
The biggest question is whether or not your home has gas service. If it does, that’s great news! More than likely, your local plumber can set up a gas line to your grill no problem. Plumbing One would love to help get you hooked up and grilling with confidence this season.
In the event that your gas line has an unrelated issue, we’ll be able to check that as well and remedy any situation. Gas line damage can be a serious safety hazard, so it’s never a bad idea to have a residential plumber inspect your gas and water lines anyway. Many times a line only requires a small fix, but sometimes replacing a section is required. We can get you an initial diagnosis, on-the-spot project quote, check your gas meter’s available capacity (per the above video), and then knock out any and all repair/installation jobs in the same visit with your approval.
If you’d like a Central Ohio plumber to come out for an initial inspection of your home’s gas line to tell you if a line to your grill is possible, we’d be happy to send out a Plumbing One technician. We’ll let you know if that installation is possible and give you an idea of what you’re looking at if you decide to go that route. Feel free to give us a call or send us a message anytime!