It's A Gas, Gas, Gas! Fuel Lines Into Your Home And What You Can Expect

There's a popular old song that sticks in older people's heads that ends its chorus with, "it's a gas, gas, gas!" If you never heard this song, you might think that, initially, it was a theme song for gas companies. While it could certainly be used that way, it has an added bonus of reminding homeowners that there are three types of fuel that can enter their homes via a gas line installation, if they do not already have gas lines. If you are considering any sort of fuel line installation in your home, here are the different fuel lines you can have a plumber install for you. 

Natural Gas

Natural gas is the most common gaseous fuel pumped into homes today. That is because most cities have gas lines built into their underground infrastructure by city planning commissions and civil engineers. If you, for whatever reason, do not have a natural gas line into your home, but your city does provide access to natural gas lines, the installation for this type of gas line is pretty straightforward. The plumber only has to install a holding tank or meter  and the pipes that connect to it to  the house for the appliances that use the gas. 


Propane is the second most common gaseous fuel. For this, you will need a large holding tank installed somewhere on your property so that the propane company can deliver your gas monthly. The tank has to be on level and stable ground, which typically involves pouring a concrete slab to which the tank is then bolted down. Then, pipelines run from the tank into the house and to the appliances directly, or to a smaller reserve tank within the home. There is a lot more work involved than with a natural gas system. 


LP, or "liquid petroleum" gas, is a subtype of propane. It is far less common than the other two types of gas used as fuel in a home. It has to be kept extremely cold, in a cryogenic state, so to speak. A very special system has to be installed throughout your home to contain and utilize LP gas, and an outdoor storage tank and space is dedicated to it. The tanks are vertical, and are delivered more frequently than propane because the LP tends to run out faster due to the smaller tanks. Your plumber will have to completely overhaul your furnace, water heater, etc., if you choose to convert to LP gas. 

Contact a gas line service for more help.