Pre-piping for gas

Pre-piping for gas gives potential homebuyers options for adding the comfort and convenience of gas appliances to their new home. Pre-piping before the walls are finished can be inexpensive and simple to do and makes it easy for you or the homeowner to install the desired gas appliances later.

Where can you pre-pipe for gas appliances?

The short answer is anywhere a gas appliance might go:

  • Kitchens: for chef-inspired gas ranges and cooktops.
  • Living rooms: for the instant warmth and ambience of gas fireplaces.
  • Laundry rooms: for gas dryers that save energy and are gentle on clothes.
  • Patios: for the convenience of gas barbecues, patio heaters and outdoor fireplaces and firepits.
  • Garages and basements: for furnaces, water heaters or wall furnaces for hard-to-heat spaces or a secondary suite.

Flexible piping is a solution for hard-to-reach places

If areas in the home you are building are hard to reach with conventional rigid iron pipe, flexible corrugated steel tubing can be bent around obstructions in the walls as easily as electrical wiring. As with any piping, ensure it is installed to code.

Plug in to quick-connect technology

Many developers are including quick-connect outlets for outdoor appliances such as barbecues and patio heaters in their projects. This provides homeowners with an easy and safe way to connect and disconnect appliances to the home’s gas supply. With flexible connection hoses about three to four metres long, they can move their barbecue or heater almost anywhere on the deck. A built-in device automatically shuts off the gas when the appliance is unplugged. Look for quick connect outlets certified to the updated convenience outlet standard, CSA 6.24-2015.

We’re here to help

Want to build the attraction of gas into your next development? Contact a FortisBC energy solutions manager.