Bargain hunting for cheap gas line installation is never a good idea. If you ever have a gas line leak, need gas line repairs, or are looking to install new lines, it is critical to hire experienced and qualified gas contractors.
Cheap gas line installation often results in mistakes, leading to hefty gas line repair costs, safety concerns, insurance implications, and compliance issues.
When a tough economic period appears, or when you are struggling financially, it is completely normal to feel pinched beyond what you can bear. In today’s time of rising costs of living and inflation, many people are cutting corners to save money. They put off doing maintenance, gas line repairs, and additions, hoping to feel less stretched later on. Or worse, if the repair absolutely cannot wait, they choose the lowest-priced bid that they receive. Low bids might come from unlicensed and unqualified contractors. When it comes to natural gas line piping, gas plumbing, and gas appliances, choosing the lowest bid can lead to disaster.
Read on to learn more about cheap gas line installation and potential issues.
Why You Should Never Settle for Cheap Gas Line Installation
Natural gas and propane gas storage, usage, and repairs are critical safety concerns for your business or home. An unlicensed contractor or unqualified contractor can leave you with substandard work – a costly mistake that will not be a bargain in the long run.
Natural gas lines will fail if the proper procedure and materials are not used when the installation process is completed. Specific permit procurement is required and must be completed to ensure that the proper inspection of the work is completed. The outcome of an improper installation can be a gas line leak, premature corrosion, and propane tank failure.
Choosing to settle for cheap gas line installation can have serious consequences and pose significant risks to your safety and property.
Gas is highly flammable and poses a risk of explosion if not handled properly. A poorly installed gas line can lead to leaks, which may result in dangerous situations. Cheap installation may involve inferior materials or improper techniques, increasing the likelihood of leaks, corrosion, and other hazards.
Gas line installations must comply with local building codes and safety regulations. Cutting corners to save costs could lead to code violations, fines, or even legal action.
Hiring an experienced and licensed gas contractor ensures that the installation meets all safety and regulatory requirements.
Cheap installations may use substandard materials or methods that compromise the durability and longevity of the gas line. Investing in quality installation ensures that the gas line remains reliable over time, reducing the need for frequent repairs or replacements.
A gas line leak can lead to the release of harmful gasses, such as carbon monoxide, which can pose serious health risks to occupants of a property. Professional installation helps ensure that gas lines are sealed properly, minimizing the risk of gas leaks and associated health concerns.
Unethical and Dangerous
The Arizona Registrar of Contractors (AZ ROC) published information explains:
“Since most unlicensed natural gas contractors are not bonded or insured and do not pay into the residential contractors’ recovery fund or pay any unemployment compensation for their workers, they can often under-bid the licensed professional. This bottom line may at first be attractive to the property owner, as a way to lower costs and save money. Most of the time, it is not.”
This problematic trend in the gas plumbing industry is not only unethical but truly dangerous. An unqualified contractor may possess a license, but it may not be applicable to gas pipe work (such as a general landscaping license). An unlicensed contractor carries no license or insurance at all.
Be sure to verify with AZ ROC that your contractor is licensed and qualified for gas line and propane tank installation. Only then can you be certain that the workmanship, materials, permits, and inspections are completed to the highest safety levels. Anything less is certainly not a bargain.
Check with AZ ROC online at roc.az.gov or by calling 602-542-1525 or toll-free 1-877-692-9762.
Contact RP Gas Piping Today for Gas Line Repairs
If you are searching for a licensed gas contractor to install or repair gas lines, RP Gas Piping is here to help. We have experience removing, installing, and repairing gas lines, propane tanks, and more. Our qualified gas contractors are here to help. Contact us today.
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