So, you’ve decided to go ahead with installing a gas fireplace – great news! Whether that’s converting your fireplace to gas with a gas insert, adding a set of gas logs, or adding a whole new gas fireplace to your home, we know you’ll be happy with the outcome. With a simple push of a button, you’re quickly and efficiently heating your home.

When it comes to gas inserts and fireplace installation, though, there are often many questions that arise when it comes to the installation process. One of the most common questions that arises when it comes to gas line installation is whether or not it’s possible to install one above ground.

Generally speaking, yes – gas lines can be installed above ground. But let’s look at this topic a little more and further discuss gas line safety, and when it is (or isn’t) ok to install a gas line above ground.

What Is the Purpose of an Above Ground Gas Line?

When you think about the term “above ground gas line,” it sounds a little dangerous. Many assume gas lines should be buried to avoid being tampered with or easily damaged.

The surprising truth is that above ground gas lines are actually often less likely to be damaged because people typically don’t correctly identify where their utility lines are before they start digging…which results in damage to their gas line with a shovel or other equipment in the process.

In fact, above ground gas lines are quite safe and accessible means of delivering gas and, oftentimes, you will see the gas line run along walls, ceilings, or other visible areas.

line of very orange flames coming out of a gas heating appliance

When Is It Best to Keep Gas Lines Above Ground?

So, yes – in many cases, gas lines are buried underground. But there are a few instances where above ground gas lines are a better option. This includes:

  • Residential gas appliances: The only way to supply gas appliances into your home – like to your stoves, ovens, and dryers – is with above ground gas lines. 
  • Commercial and industrial buildings: Heating systems, boilers, industrial ovens, commercial kitchens, and other equipment that require gas are often supplied by above ground gas lines. 
  • Outdoor grills and cooking stations: Installing gas lines above ground for outdoor cooking areas allows for flexible routing and easy connections to the cooking equipment. This makes it easy and convenient to relocate or modify the area as needed.
  • Standby generators: The purpose of above ground gas lines for a generator is to make it more visible and accessible for easy maintenance and refueling. 
  • Temporary installations: Construction sites, events, or even mobile homes often have above ground gas lines. These can be easily connected and disconnected.
  • Compliance with building codes: Depending on local building codes and regulations, above ground gas lines may be required for certain applications or in specific areas.

What Are Some Benefits to Above Ground Gas Lines?

So why are above ground gas lines a good idea? Well, there are a few advantages, including:

  • Convenience: Above ground gas lines are easier and quicker to install, inspect, and maintain. They do not require excavation or backfilling to bury the line, which means the existing structures and landscaping won’t be disrupted every time your gas line needs to be serviced.
  • Accessibility: Since the above ground gas lines are always visible, it’s easier to detect any signs of damage, leaks, or corrosion, allowing professionals to perform routine maintenance promptly.
  • Flexibility: These easily-accessible lines can be rerouted or extended more easily compared to underground gas lines which makes renovations or adding new gas-powered appliances a breeze.
gray gas meter with gas lines coming out of it

What Are Disadvantages of Above Ground Gas Lines?

In most cases, above ground gas lines may seem like a better option. But there are a few draw-backs that should be considered:

  • Cost: The piping used for above ground gas lines is more expensive than the piping used for underground gas lines. 
  • Maintenance: You can only imagine how often above ground gas lines are accidently bumped, pulled, or disconnected when people are cleaning or renovating. Because of this, above ground gas lines require more frequent inspections and maintenance. 
  • Vulnerability to Weather: Just like anything else exposed to weather, over time, it can cause deterioration, corrosion, or damage to the gas line system.
  • Aesthetics: Most people don’t want unsightly lines running through their yard space. Above ground gas lines need to be installed in a less intrusive way to avoid becoming an eyesore.

Who Can Help With Installing a Gas Line in Northern VA?

When you need above ground gas line installation done, we highly recommend contacting a professional. Here at Winston’s Chimney Services, we have a Master Gas Fitter on staff who can help plan the layout for your gas system, install natural gas piping, fittings, valves, and tanks, and install your gas appliances. 

After the job is complete, you will have peace of mind knowing everything was done properly, safely, and up to code. Call us today at 703-379-5006 or schedule an appointment online. 

Winston's Chimney Service
11301 Industrial Road
Manassas, VA 20109