Having your own backyard grill means you can enjoy barbecued meals whenever you want. Installing your dream grill is an opportunity that usually only comes once in a lifetime, so it’s important to make sure you get everything right. While the convenience of a gas line grill means you don’t have to run out to the store to buy charcoal or a propane tank, there are some details to consider before installing one. Keep the following mistakes in mind while planning for your gas line.
Mistake #1: Going Over Budget
When planning for your gas grill, stick to your budget. Compared to a charcoal grill, a gas line adds additional expenses for installation, parts, and equipment. This is in addition to the cost of the actual grill. Once you start using your gas line grill, you may notice a slight increase in your gas bill if you use it frequently. However, you won’t need to buy charcoal or propane. Making a note of all of these expenses can help you stay within your budget.
Mistake #2: Incorrect Grill Positioning
You want your new grill to be accessible and make sense with the flow of your backyard. However, you may be limited by the location of the gas line and other concerns. For safety reasons, your grill should be a good distance away from the exterior of your home. Gas line requirements may vary and should be reviewed carefully.
In order to work safely and efficiently, the line needs to be properly installed. An experienced professional will be able to review your yard and suggest the best location.
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Mistake #3: Ignoring Permit Requirements
In some areas, homeowners need to have a permit to install gas lines. If you skip this step, you could end up with fines and project delays. You may also need to schedule an inspection to make sure your installation was done safely and up to code.
Mistake #4: Failing to Review Local Restrictions
Local building codes and homeowners’ associations (HOA) sometimes have rules and restrictions regarding gas line installations. It’s common to have rules about the distance a line is from structures. Additionally, some HOAs may prohibit certain types of grills. Failing to adhere to the codes and restrictions is dangerous and could lead to fines or delay the future sale of your home.
Reviewing local codes and HOA rules helps ensure your grill set up is safe for your family, neighbors, and anyone visiting your home. This helps keep you and your community protected from natural gas accidents.
Mistake #5: Installing the Grill Gas Line Yourself
While it’s possible to install grill gas lines on your own, this is not recommended. Making mistakes with natural gas can lead to serious risks, such as explosions. Even a simple error can end up costing you more money if it needs to be corrected. Connecting gas lines requires special tools, parts, and supplies to successfully install your grill. Accepting expert help is critical to the safety of your loved ones and your home.
Licensed and professional plumbers have the knowledge needed and the right equipment to install grill gas lines. This helps to ensure you have a gas connection that is properly installed for your grill, which lowers the risk of injuries or damage.
In order to save you time, money, and nerves, leave gas line work to the professionals. Contact Forrest Anderson to discuss your backyard gas grill BBQ dreams.