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How Gas Pipe Bonding Protects Your Home

csstIn North Carolina, summer storms roll in with plenty of spectacular lightning. According to NOAA, North Carolina ranks 3rd in the nation for the number of fatalities due to lightning strikes. Practicing storm safety is vital for families in Wake Forest. It is important to make sure your home is ready for bad weather as well. One of the most important ways to ensure your home is prepared for severe weather is making sure your gas pipes are properly bonded.

What is Gas Bonding?

Potential Difference is a term used to describe the difference in charges developed between two metal objects that ultimately leads to a spark. Gas pipe bonding is the process of permanently joining the metal parts of a gas piping system with a conducting wire so as to eliminate opportunity for potential difference between them. Should a charge develop, bonding directs that charge away from your system and home.

Why is Gas Bonding Necessary?

lightning-gas-bondIf gas piping is not properly bonded, an electrical surge caused by lightning can create a charge that can cause the system to malfunction and potentially lead to a fire or an explosion. Furthermore, gas bonding is now required according to building code. In 2011, after reports of fires and damage to gas systems using corrugated stainless steel tubing piping, the most popular kind of gas piping installed in homes since 1990, gas codes were updated to require direct bonding.

Gas pipe bonding is relatively inexpensive, makes your home safer, and is required by law. If you suspect your gas piping has not been properly bonded, contact New Light today.