Living in the Front Range, your home is probably fueled by natural gas. Do you have any idea what kind of gas lines are used?

Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing, or CSST, is a popular way to deliver natural gas because of its flexibility. It’s typically covered with a yellow exterior plastic coating, and is marked with words like “GASTITE”, “WARDFLEX”, “COUNTERSTRIKE”, OR “PARFLEX”  on it.Why Flexible Gas Lines Are A Fire Hazard

Contractors like CSST because it installs easily compared with the traditional black steel pipes. It comes in rolls and can be pulled through at installation much like electrical wiring. And in general, it’s a safe product.

The problem lies in lightning-prone areas. If not properly installed, safety becomes a factor.

CSST is thin – .2 mm, or the thickness of about two sheets of paper. Compare that with black steel pipes, which are about double the thickness. If CSST is not grounded properly, lightning surges can arc, puncture a hole in the line, ignite the gas inside, causing a fire to rip through a home.

Do you have CSST in your home? Not sure?

CSST has been used across the nation in new construction for about the past decade. While the product, in general, is safe, it comes down to how well it’s been installed. If properly grounded and bonded, it’s a safe way of transporting natural gas. Yet as we all know, poor construction is often a factor, especially in the assembly line structure of new construction.

Having a home inspection is the easiest way to determine what your home has in place. A certified technician can come in and evaluate your natural gas lines and ensure they have been properly grounded.

Correcting the installation shouldn’t be more than a few hundred dollars. Compare that to replacing your pipes, which can amount to thousands of dollars, or recovering from a fire that can destroy your home.

What type of gas lines does your home use?