The gas company was replacing our gas meter and discovered that we had a leak. They couldn’t turn our gas back on until we had it repaired. It couldn’t have been too severe of a leak, or we would have been blown up long ago. But our furnace, and the gas lines down in the basement were ancient. Probably 40 years old or more. We called Frecka Plumbing (Rick and Tim Frecka) and, since the weather was cold, and we couldn’t go without heat for long, they rearranged their schedule to come out the next day. Tim came over and checked out the situation. The old gas lines had not been well installed, in the sense that they ran longer in length than necessary, and one section did not even need to be there. Also the joint connections were not up to (current) standard. I agreed to have the gas lines from the meter to the water heater, the furnace, and the dryer upstairs replaced. That went well, except that when they tested the pressure, the lines were good but there was still a little leak from the furnace control valve—not something they could repair. Rick suggested I either have that furnace system replaced or put the money that it would cost toward buying a new furnace. I had been considering getting a new furnace, anyway, so I decided to go that route. He suggested a few companies to contact, and I called one right away. (It was already early evening, by then, and I wanted to get the heat back on as soon as possible.) Anyway, the new lines then had to be inspected by the gas company, and the inspector commented on what a good plumbing job it was—an unsolicited comment. The Frecka’s were very responsive, friendly, and thoughtful. It was a sloppy day, and our basement had water in it, as well. Tim laid down a tarp to keep muddy tracks off our floors as he went in and out of the house. And, as I mentioned, they do excellent work and cleaned up afterward. I would hire them again.