Author Topic: For rentals with gas, what do you do to ensure no leaks etc for tenants?  (Read 1128 times)

FrugalSaver

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Besides carbon monoxide detectors, do you have any annual inspections done etc?  The intent would be to serial any issues due to gas leaks as much as possible

Or is this over worrying as a landlord?

Fishindude

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Not something I'd be overly worried about.   Properly installed gas piping in a home will probably outlast you.

daverobev

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I'd absolutely get the furnace/boiler checked every year. Hot water tank too, if it's gas.

Not sure, but I'd be worried about being sued for negligence if an appliance like that wasn't kept up.

Jon Bon

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Gas is pretty binary it is either leaking or it is not. Almost never will it go from a 0 to a 1

So unless you have tenants using your gas pipes for pull-up bars you are probably in good shape.

That being said even if the do in fact use the gas pipes for pull-up bars gas STINKS. Everyone knows the smell of NG and knows to call it in right away.

So to answer, no I dont worry even a little about my gas pipes. I do have my furnaces serviced but not leak checked. That feels like an awesome scam though, go around to the rich neighborhoods offering $49 leak checks. Go down in the basement, take a big whiff "Nope, no leaks here!"


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My sister-in-law recently moved into an apartment with a gas stove from the '40s or '50s. The landlady doesn't want to replace it, and my SIL won't be using it much, but when I was there I asked the landlady to put in a gas detector, just in case it leaked. My SIL travels a lot for work, so she wouldn't always be home to notice the smell if there was a problem.

They installed something like this (not sure of the exact model) - https://www.amazon.com/Propane-Natural-Detector-Monitor-Combustible/dp/B0776JTF59

Jon Bon

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My sister-in-law recently moved into an apartment with a gas stove from the '40s or '50s. The landlady doesn't want to replace it, and my SIL won't be using it much, but when I was there I asked the landlady to put in a gas detector, just in case it leaked. My SIL travels a lot for work, so she wouldn't always be home to notice the smell if there was a problem.

They installed something like this (not sure of the exact model) - https://www.amazon.com/Propane-Natural-Detector-Monitor-Combustible/dp/B0776JTF59

Yeah not a terrible idea. Personally I would just replace an ancient appliance like that. But...

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