Expert Gas Fitter Edmonton

With electricity and plumbing holding such prominent places in your day-to-day life, it can be easy to forget just how much your gas lines do. Though some homes in Edmonton have electrically powered water heaters and furnace systems, the heating in most homes is powered with natural gas. Some of the other appliances that may be powered by gas include stoves, clothes dryers, barbecues and fireplaces. There’s a very good reason that local homeowners and business owners need the services of a qualified gas fitter: Edmonton gas-powered appliances tend to be less expensive to operate than electric appliances, at least in Alberta.

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Copper gas pipes that have been installed in a residential boiler room with gas fitting services in Edmonton, AB.

Though it may seem counterintuitive, an Edmonton plumber from Mr. Rooter Plumbing can take good care of all your gas fitting needs, from installation and replacement to repairs. Most licensed plumbers in Alberta are fully trained gas fitters. Edmonton homeowners can trust our licensed professionals with their plumbing and gas fitting needs.

You may find yourself in need of these services if you suspect a leak, want to extend an existing line or are building a new property and need a gas fitting service for the first time. To find out more about how we can help you with residential or commercial gas fitting in Edmonton, give us a call or keep reading to find out more about this service and how it may benefit you.

Reliable Services From an Experienced Gas Fitter in Edmonton

Before delving any deeper, let’s pause to discuss what exactly gas fitting is and what services can be provided by a gas fitter. Edmonton plumbing professionals will tell you that the short answer is that gas fitters service all kinds of gas equipment. This involves maintaining, inspecting, repairing and installing gas systems and components. Some of the components we might work on during an Edmonton gas fitting service appointment include:

  • Regulators
  • Heating units, such as residential boilers
  • Appliances
  • Natural gas (NG) piping
  • Distribution pipes

Our experienced Edmonton gas fitters can provide you with a wide variety of residential gas fitting services, whether you need work done on a residential property or light commercial premises. From confirming that the correct piping is still securely in place to detailed inspections and large-scale line extensions, our plumbers can do it all.

Top Reasons You Need Gas Fitting in Edmonton

Gas lines run underground, much like water lines. The lines that belong to the city are known as ‘main’ lines or ‘distribution’ lines. Extending from your property to the distribution lines are ‘service’ lines. To power your appliances, the natural gas goes through a regulator, which reduces the pressure of the gas. Once you turn on an appliance, the pressure will become higher than the surrounding air. As gas likes to travel from high pressure to low pressure, this difference in pressure between the natural gas and air causes it to flow into your heating unit, whether a hot water tank or stove.

Over time, piping used for natural gas may deteriorate. If you live in a newer home, this shouldn’t be too much of a concern, but if your home is a few decades old or older, your piping may be starting to show signs of wear. Additionally, the joints between piping may deteriorate more quickly than the pipes themselves. When this happens, a leak may occur. This can cause health problems at best and a fire or explosion at worst. With the help of our gas fitting service, you can find these leaks and reinforce them with new joints or piping.

If leaks aren’t currently a major concern due to living in a recent build, you may still require the help of a qualified gas fitter in Edmonton. Perhaps an electric stove was installed when your home was built, but you fancy yourself a bit of a cook and can’t stand the inconsistency of an induction burner. If you decide to replace your electric stove with a gas stove, at the very least, you’ll need one of our certified Edmonton gas fitting experts to bring a gas line to the appliance and connect the appliance to the gas line.

Some other reasons to call a gas fitter in Edmonton include:

  • Replacing deteriorating pipes that are too damaged to be fixed
  • Building an additional property on your land or extending your existing home
  • Adding appliances such as gas bbq’s or stoves

Whether you need defective equipment repaired or replaced or you need a new line installed, we can get the job done safely and effectively.

Our Licensed Edmonton Gas Fitters Have The Knowledge And Training To Keep You Safe

Our gas fitting service is nearly as popular as our plumbing services for good reason. Whether you require gas or plumbing work, our licensed technicians have the technical training and knowledge of safety practices to get the job done correctly and efficiently every time. As a Neighborly company, we’re founded on three principles: integrity, honesty and customer focus. We believe that the combination of these values is at the core of our success and reputation as a leader in plumbing and gas fitting in Edmonton, AB. By providing upfront flat rate pricing and a workmanship guarantee for all of our services, our customers have our guarantee that the job will be done right.

There are several important questions to ask before hiring a gas fitter in Edmonton. We recommend that you consider asking these questions at a minimum:

  • Are they licensed and insured?
  • Do they offer a guarantee on workmanship and parts?
  • Is the price provided during the initial estimate the same price I’ll pay at the end of the appointment?
  • Does the contractor have experience in this type of work?
  • Will the contractor clean up after themselves?

At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Edmonton, we’re proud to say that we can answer “yes” to all of these above questions. Whether providing services for business owners or residential homeowners, we’re committed to providing you with the best customer service experience possible.

Frequently Asked Questions for a Gas Fitter: Edmonton and Area

If you have questions you'd like to ask a gas fitter, Edmonton customer service staff at Mr. Rooter Plumbing have the answers. Get in touch with us today, and check out our replies to frequently asked questions below.

Do I Need a Permit For Gas Fitting in Edmonton?

Permits are sometimes required for gas fitting services. This is because tampering with pipes is a serious business. If installations, repairs or alterations are done incorrectly, natural gas may be extremely hazardous.

When it comes to professional gas fitters, Edmonton city permit and code requirements stipulate that they must be licensed with the City of Edmonton (don’t worry—we are!), and permits must be obtained during installations, alterations and relocations of the following:

  • Barbecues
  • Patio heaters
  • Fire pits
  • Space heaters
  • Fireplaces
  • Garage heaters
  • Dryers
  • Stoves
  • Furnaces
  • Water heaters
  • Pipes

When calling Mr. Rooter Plumbing for service from a gas fitter, Edmonton homeowners can count on us to apply for a permit on their behalf. We’re able to apply for permits and request an inspection online, making it a relatively easy process. Once we’ve obtained the permit and completed the project, an inspection of the work must be completed.

Is Natural Gas Safe?

Natural gas is safe for use in residential and commercial properties as long as it is used properly and installed by a competent and certified gas fitter. Edmonton residents should keep in mind that, just like with electricity, there are certain things you need to know to stay safe. You probably think of electricity as being fairly hazard-free, and thanks to some advancements in electrical circuits, it usually is. That being said, you’d never think to stick a fork into your outlet—at least, we hope so!

Likewise, natural gas is safe as long as you take some precautions. Natural gas is not poisonous like carbon monoxide, but when it accumulates in a small space without adequate ventilation, it can push the oxygen out of a room. The higher the concentration of gas, the less oxygen there will be, and the harder it will be to breathe. Though natural gas is odourless, chemicals are added to it to produce a smell similar to rotten eggs in an attempt to make leaks easier to identify. As long as you have a sense of smell, you should be able to notice a leak in your home. However, if you don’t have a sense of smell you might consider avoiding natural gas for some appliances like the stove, as it’s easy to bump a stovetop knob and turn the gas on inadvertently, and if you can’t smell the gas, that could be a problem. 

Some other ways you can stay safe include:

  • Inspecting appliances regularly. You may conduct a basic inspection on your own, but if you live in an older home, you should consider using our leak detection service.
  • Teaching your children about the hazards of natural gas. Ensure that they have a healthy level of trepidation around the stove and barbecue.
  • In addition to your carbon monoxide detector, install a natural gas detector. It doesn’t hurt and could very well save your life.
  • Be aware of the location of your natural gas shut-off valve. If you’re worried about a leak, you don’t want to be wandering around looking for it.

What Should I Do If I Think I Smell a Gas Leak?

Fortunately, the steps you should take if you think you have a leak inside your home are fairly straightforward. To avoid overcomplicating things, there is truly only one thing that you need to remember—get out. Ideally, you’d want to open the windows in your home to allow the gas to escape before leaving, but if the smell is strong and comes on suddenly, leave the windows and get out immediately. No matter what, do not turn on any lights (or other electrical appliances), use your phone or light a match.

Once you and your loved ones are out of the house and a safe distance away, use your cell phone or one of your neighbours’ phones to call 911. You’ll also need to contact your utility company. After it's been checked out and your house is deemed safe again, call us for service from a reliable gas fitter in Edmonton.

What Are Other Potential Warning Signs of a Natural Gas Leak?

You may not always smell the odour of natural gas when there's a leak, especially if your sense of smell is compromised, so it's good to know the other signs that could indicate there's trouble with your natural gas lines and you need the help of an experienced gas fitter. Edmonton homeowners should be aware of the following signs of a gas leak, although they can be very difficult to identify outside of the odor of the gas:  

  • Unexplained increases in natural gas charges on your utility bill
  • Visible cracks in gas lines
  • Rust or other signs of corrosion on gas fittings
  • Houseplants near natural gas lines are inexplicably dead or dying

How Much Does It Cost for Gas Fitting in Edmonton?

Our gas fitting service covers everything from appliance installation to new line installation. As such, the cost will vary considerably. Generally, the more complex and large-scale the project, the higher it will cost.

Regardless of the service, you can trust that our team is committed to providing you with fair prices. Many of our customers would attest to this, as unlike other plumbing companies and gas fitters in Edmonton, we provide upfront pricing and never charge our customers an overtime fee. You know exactly what you’ll pay at the end from the moment we provide you with a free evaluation and estimate.

Can a Gas Line for My Kitchen Come From Outside, or Does It Have to Come From My Basement?

Suppose you're replacing an electric kitchen appliance with one that uses natural gas. In that case, it may be necessary to extend an existing gas line into your kitchen, and that gas line can come from the outside if that's the best option, as determined by your gas fitter. Edmonton gas fitting professionals at Mr. Rooter Plumbing will look at all the possible options for extending a gas line, and if it's close to your kitchen, the better choice may end up being your outside line rather than the one in your basement.

Can I Use Propane Instead of Gas For My Barbecue?

You certainly can, but many homeowners choose to invest in gas so that they can use natural gas instead of propane. This is because gas-consuming appliances tend to cost quite a bit less than propane equipment.  

If you currently use propane instead of natural gas for your barbecue but are considering having a gas line installed, we encourage you to contact us for pricing on a gas fitting service. All of our quotes are obligation-free, so once you receive our upfront pricing, you can crunch the numbers to determine if natural gas makes more financial sense for you.

Will Adding a Gas Fireplace to My Home Increase My Gas Bill By a Lot?

This is a common concern, but it's actually nothing to worry about—in some cases, it may actually reduce your utility bills a bit to have a fireplace installed by your gas fitter. Edmonton homeowners tend to find that fireplaces add a nice ambiance to a room, and they're pretty energy efficient. If you're using it as a heat source, it may increase your bill a bit. But because it only heats one room, you could turn your thermostat down when everyone's gathered around the fireplace, and you'll stay toasty warm without having to waste as much money heating the rest of the house that you're not using at the time, and that could actually save you a little money on your utility costs.

Can I Repair Or Connect a New Gas Line On My Own?

In the City of Edmonton, homeowners are not permitted to install a new gas line or do other types of gas fitting. And, even if they were, we wouldn’t recommend it. Unless you know what you’re doing, making repairs to pipes and doing new gas fitting installations is a dangerous business. Don’t risk your life and the well-being of those you love in an attempt to save a few dollars. There’s a reason Edmonton gas fitters are highly trained to provide gas fitting services.

Need an Expert, Reliable Gas Fitter? Edmonton Professionals at Mr. Rooter Plumbing Are Here to Help!

Whether you live in an Edmonton neighbourhood such as Aspen Gardens or Brookside, or you’re located in one of the surrounding municipalities of Sherwood Park or St. Albert, our certified gas fitters in Edmonton are ready and willing to provide you with all of your gas fitting needs. Whether you live in an older home and require inspection services for peace of mind or you want to get a new line installed, we can handle the job—and provide you with the highest level of customer service while doing it.

When it's time for a gas fitting, Edmonton residents can simply give us a call, and one of our friendly and knowledgeable customer service representatives will answer any questions. Or book an on-site estimate for Edmonton gas fitting or other services, including gas line repair or water heater repair. We look forward to welcoming you into the Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Edmonton family!

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