Essendon Plumbing Services recently installed a replacement hot water service for Tony in West Brunswick. While testing the gas fitting line we found a section of gas pipework that was leaking.
Our local Licensed gas plumbers, Ben and Matthew, explained to Tony that because the pipe was rusted beyond repair, they would need to disconnect this section of pipework to be able to commission the new hot water service installation. They organised Matt, our plumbing estimator, to call past and give a quote to replace the old Galvanised steel pipe that had rusted through. They explained that the section of pipework did supply an existing gas ducted heater and the heater would not work while the gas line was isolated. There was also another section of Galvanised pipework that supplied a gas cooker, which would need to be replaced in the not too distant future.
Quoting the Gas Plumbing Job
Matt arrived on site and provided Tony with a detailed written fixed price quote and an explanation of how the works would be carried out and why.
Tony understood and was comfortable with the quote Matt provided, he was also happy with the previous works carried out by Matthew and Ben, so Matt organised the same Master Plumbers to return and replace the failed section of gas line.
Arrival On Site
Ben and Matthew returned to Tony’s house in Brunswick West with all the materials needed to replace the remaining Galvanised steel gas fitting line. Ben and Matthew had been briefed by Matt, so they were both aware of what we were going to do and how we were going to do it. The use of clear and concise communication prevents any unintended surprises at the end of the job and leads to a happy customer. A detailed scope of work was also provided on Simpro, our job operating system, which allows our plumbers to refer back to at any stage.
Replacing & Connecting the gas Fitting Line
The gas meter was isolated and disconnected, this turned the gas off to the house allowed us to remove any residual gas out of the pipe before cutting in a tee piece for both the ducted heater and gas cooker.
A new gas line to supply the heater was then connected into the main gas line and secured in position using B-Press copper fittings. The gas line then needed to be run and secured under the house before being connected to the ducted heater. A brick needed to be removed on the side of the house to allow the new gas fitting line to come out from under the house.
Ben and Matthew then needed to run a new copper gas pipe to the gas cooker in the kitchen. As there was no access under the house this needed to be run externally on the face of the brick wall and into the kitchen cupboard before being connected to the cooker.
Once completed it was time to commission the gas line and install a manometer to pressure test for any leaks.
Testing for Gas Leaks
All appliances were isolated, and the gas line was tested to 1.5 times operating pressure. The new fitting line held pressure, so the gas meter was re-connected, and the fittings tested with soapy water for leaks. The gas was then turned on at the meter before the isolation valves to each appliance were opened and the air purged out of the pipework. Commissioning of each appliance could then be completed.
Cleaning Site & Removing Rubbish
The site was then cleaned, and all rubbish removed. It was explained to Tony he would receive his Certificate of Compliance within 5 working days and the Matthew and Ben made sure he was happy with the work before leaving.
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Old galvanised gas pipework doesn’t always need to be replaced, if it passes a pressure test and visual inspection by a Licensed Gas Plumber then it is often ok to remain. But when you have a gas leak, or there are clear signs of corrosion, then it may be time to replace it. We always provide experienced and sound professional advice to all our customers. If we believe we can fix or repair your leaking gas line for a fair and reasonable price without replacing it, then you can rest assured we will.
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