Rusted gas main   Rusted gas piping on a gas meter


Rusted meters found during a home inspection.

Rusted meters found during a home inspection.

Rust on gas piping can be perceived as a non threatening issue for homeowners.    This was definitely the case we recently found when performing a home inspection in Skokie Illinois.  When arriving to the Skokie home we noticed a faint smell of natural gas when walking up to the front door of the home.  When smelling natural gas on any home all Pinnacle Property Inspection Services Employees are required to contact the gas company.  The natural gas supplier for Skokie Illinois is Peoples Gas.  The procedure for gas leaks on any property is very important.  Follow these easy steps that are suggested by Peoples Gas to assure that safety issues do not occur.




  • Get everyone out of the house immediately.
  • DO NOT use the telephone, a flashlight or any electrical switches.
  • Go to a neighbor’s house and call your gas company immediately.


Gas leaks should not be treated as a normal or safe occurrence.  The Peoples gas company arrived to our Skokie home inspection within 15 minutes which was pretty quick.  Gas was leaking from the gas main meter regulator that was old and rusted and gas piping connections that also were severely rusted being worn from the elements.   This particular gas meter had to have the gas meter regulator replaced which was replaced free of charge.  Unfortunately the regulators fail and require replacement eventually.  The gas piping on the main meter also required tightening and painting.  Keeping the gas piping painted is a must to assure that rust will not occur on the exposed metal piping.   Some gas companies will paint the gas piping on the exterior meter free of charge to assure that gas leaks do not develop and cause additional visits from a gas company service technician.  The Peoples Gas service technician was able to paint the gas meter and the natural gas piping free of charge during the Skokie home inspection.  Luckily the sellers of the home were not home and were not inconvenienced at all while repairs were being performed.


If you find yourself in the situation of gas leaks please understand that gas leaks can cause severe issues and should be treated with the utmost urgency to assure that safety issues do not occur in your home that may affect you and your family.  The Skokie home inspection was a clear cut example of how serious natural gas leaks can be.  If you have any questions about  natural gas leaks or any other issue you are more than welcome to contact me at The Thermal Home Inspector or 312-961-4228.  Thank you for stopping by and stay safe.


Jim Kolke

Rusted gas piping on a gas meter


One of the best things to do after a long day of work or play is to take a long hot shower, right?  The thing that aggravates me the most is waiting for the hot water to get to the shower from the heater.  What aggravates me  even more is how much water it wastes. Generally, we waste 1-3 gallons of water waiting for the hot water to get to the fixture where we desire hot water.  If you live in an area where water is a commodity this could be very costly.

Recently at a home inspection in Skokie, Illinois I found a tank less water heater.   This is a great energy efficient fixture to have in your home.  The  unit at the home inspection in Skokie was a Rheem natural gas unit.  Tank less water heaters can be run on propane, electric or natural gas.  The natural gas option seems to have the best return dollar for dollar.  The choice of which unit you use will depend on how many plumbing fixtures you have, how many people that live at your home ,and what type of utilities you have in your area.

The owners of the home  in Skokie said that the Rheem tankless water heater saved them about $213.00  a year.  The average that has been recorded for savings a year are $145.00 per year.  Like I said it depends on how many people live at the home and how many plumbing fixtures you have in your home to show your particular savings.

This is an energy program that can be taken advantage of by homeowners as long as you purchase your system by the end of 2010.  The savings are set for 30% of the cost of the installed unit with a limit of $1500.00 per application.  The owners of the home inspection in Skokie wish they could have taken advantage of this deal.

If you are a homeowner or looking to buy a home and have questions about the federal energy program or about tankless water heaters you can contact us at~ Jim Kolke