Did you know that the state of Texas sees approximately 100,000 thunderstorms during the spring and summer months. These storms carry an enormous threat of lightning that is not only unpredictable but potentially extremely dangerous. If you live in the North Dallas, Rockwall County, Collin County or Rowlett County then you are well aware of how staggering these statistics are and you should be protecting yourself and your loved ones however you can. At this point you are probably asking yourself, “What are my options?” Your answer is quite simple – CSST and proper grounding of your CSST tubing.
Unlike traditional piping, CSST is a Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing that is flexible and used to supply natural gas in residential, commercial and industrial facilities. CSST is coated with a yellow plastic coating and is routed throughout floor joists of your basement and inside the interior wall of ceiling joists in attic spaces.
Unlike traditional methods CSST features have many benefits in durability and practicality. Among the many, CSST has a proven resistance to leaks due to fewer connections during installation. When black iron pipe is installed, a joint needs to be fitted and checked for leaks. CSST offers flexibility and is able to be snaked through walls and around obstacles with fittings placed only at the ends of the run.
In addition, CSST can be installed in a third of the time it takes to install black iron pipe. Even though CSST is more expensive than the traditional black iron pipe, its overall cost is less when factoring labor and installation.
The installation of CSST is like any other piping system. CSST must be installed by a qualified professional, including bonding and grounding of the system. For example, if you find that your home or business already has a CSST system, it still may NOT have properly bonding for maximum safety. Our expertly trained technicians at Barneys Electric are happy to provide grounding services for you.
If you are inspecting your home or business and you do find CSST, we strongly suggest that you determine if it is properly bonded. This should include a bonding device that is installed on your natural gas system in order to reduce the chances of a natural gas leak or fire.
You should also know that CSST should not be confused with natural gas appliance flexible connectors. Flexible connectors are used to attach moveable appliances to the gas piping system. CSST is usually placed beneath and alongside the floor joists in the basement and inside interior wall cavities of ceiling attics.
As of 2011, the National Association of State Fire Marshals initiated a nationwide safety campaign to ensure awareness to the importance of proper bonding of yellow-jacketed CSST for gas piping systems that supply natural gas or propane to furnaces, water heaters, and other gas appliances in residential building.
To learn more about CSST and grounding of CSST, please contact Barneys Electric at 972-771-9464. For your convenience, you may also request services from our site.