What Lies Beneath: Gas Pipe Inspections

Earthquakes are not the only things that lie waiting beneath the ground. In light of the Northern California earthquake on Sunday August 24, homeowners and business-run establishments need information on the condition of the gas pipes under their buildings, less something like a 6.0-magnitude quake should render them as hazardous.
Though the devastation of the earthquake may have caused damage to gas pipes, any time is a good time to have gas pipes inspected. That is why Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified building analyst conduct gas pipe inspections on your home or place of business. All homes with natural gas, propane, and oil service must be inspected thoroughly for leaks. Any leakage could lead to potential gas poisoning, and as a result death.
According to the Building Analyst Professional Standards from BPI, the following tests and inspections for gas leak and carbon monoxide detection should be conducted on your home. Combustion appliances that fail any safety test must be adjusted, repaired, or replaced before receiving any additional installations. Forced warm air furnaces are also inspected for flame interference, and additional heat exchanger integrity-tests must be performed as indicated by the flame interference inspection. If there are any cracked heat exchangers, they too need replacement. The last requirement is that all water heaters must have a pressure and temperature relief valve, a safety discharge pipe, and an approved earthquake strap installed according to minimum code standards.
With the completion of these inspections, and resulting repairs or replacements, your home will be up to code and an even safer environment, whether or not an earthquake may strike.