Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing or CSST is a flexible gas line that is gaining popularity in residential and commercial construction and is now used in many new homes throughout Kansas City. CSST was first approved for use in the US in 2003 and is now used in place of Black Iron pipe for many applications.
It is very important that CSST be installed by a licensed professional and in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations. Many types of CSST will require the product to be bonded in order to protect against fire hazards related to lightning strikes.
Fire hazards regarding CSST
If you have CSST installed in your home it is very important to make sure that the product has been installed correctly. Many brands of CSST will require for the gas line to be bonded with a 6 gauge wire.
Advantages to Using CSST
CSST has become increasing popular for one big reason, it is usually much easier and faster to install that traditional Black Iron gas line installations. Installing Black Iron pipe also requires a pipe threader which usually cost several thousand dollars. CSST is particularly easy to install in tight spaces that require a lot of bends, unlike iron pipe CSST is flexible. This is particularly useful when a basement is finished and and the line needs to be fished through the drywall.
Another advantage of using CSST that many plumbers appreciate is that there are no fittings which means that there are less chances for leaks.
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