Every time I see a vulnerable gas supply line - I think it can be better, and safer.
We are in brand-new construction and the buyer and I are having a final inspection just prior to his final walk through with the builder.
The supply line is an uncovered and unprotected Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing, or CSST.
It is flexible, easy to bend, easy to crack and easy to separate from its connections if it is fooled with.
My client has two small children who, according to him, "get into everything."
What small child wouldn't find this tubing to be fun to play with?
What might be a better way to install this tubing?
The entry connection, and valve, is in the rear on the left.
The appliance connection is in the front on the right.
The other tubing is the electrical connection, which is better protected and not so vulnerable to damage.
Why not run the gas tubing behind the blower equipment and discharge tubing?
That way it is protected in the rear of the cabinet, and less vulnerable to playing hands.
Of course, on my report I do not tell the builder what to do. The report merely suggests that the gas line is very vulnerable.
In my opinion this is a safety issue.
My recommendation: a home inspector sees and reports. Once reported everyone has the idea that the inspector was trying to convey. And thinking about this gas line, seeing the reported suggestion of the unsafe way it is installed, my client will be able to convey my idea (expressed verbally to him) as to how to improve its safety with a different installation. The repair really is a simple matter.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560