SIGNS YOU NEED A GAS LINE REPAIR
FEB 08, 2018
Natural gas is an excellent choice for homeowners. It is relatively safe and cost efficient. But without proper diligence and maintenance, it is not without its potential hazards. Here is what you need to know to determine if you need a gas line repair and how to keep the system in good working order.
GAS LINE REPAIR: THE BASICS
If you have a malfunctioning gas line that is not repaired promptly, the potential risk to your property and even your health is enormous. Luckily, there are some very obvious signs you can be on the lookout for — but vigilance is key! Furthermore, because of the potential danger, you should never attempt to repair a gas line on your own. You absolutely need to consult with a professional. So what should you be on the lookout for?
KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR APPLIANCES
You probably already know that natural gas is fed to your house through underground pipes that run from the utility company’s gas mains. From the meter, which measures how much gas your household uses, multiple pipes connect the gas supply to any gas-fed appliances in your home. These are typically things like a water heater, a furnace, a stove, etc. This is precisely why a leaking gas line can wreak havoc on expensive appliances in your home, depending on the location and severity of the leak. If you notice that those appliances are not functioning properly, or if you start to notice strange noises like clanging, a gas leak may be the issue — especially if you notice the issue is not isolated to a single appliance that uses gas. In this case, turn gas-fed appliances off. Then take a look at your meter to see if it is still showing that gas is being consumed. If so, it is a definite sign that there is a potential leak in your gas line. And speaking of your meter …
PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR BILL
Utility companies keep a pretty good eye on spikes and dips in usage. If they see a significant difference in usage from month to month, they usually will schedule a service call on their own. However, checking your bill and usage each month is a good habit to get into. If you notice from one month to the next that your bill is significantly higher and your usage is as well, be proactive and call the gas company to come have a look.
YOUR YARD MAY BE TRYING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING
As we have outlined in other blog posts, the exterior of your home can be a huge indicator of the health of many systems within your home. Gas leaks are just one of many plumbing problems that can cause issues outside. If you notice an area of the yard where plants are turning brown, it may be that they have been exposed to gas. Because your gas line runs from a main valve (near the main line, usually near the road) to the meter (presumably on your house), the front yard is typically where homeowners see this happening. Try watering the plants. If you notice some unexplained bubbling, that could be a gas leak! What other things might indicate a gas leak?
DOES SOMETHING SMELL WEIRD?
And of course, the most common sign of a gas leak is a foul smell. Specifically, the smell of rotten eggs or sulfur could also be a sign of a gas line in need of repair. Try to avoid putting garbage cans or green waste near your meter. Often times decomposing green waste or trash can smell similar, so you don’t want to mistake a leak for a smelly trash can. If this happens or if you notice any of the other signs outlined above, there are some specific steps you need to take immediately.
WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF GAS LEAK
Do not use your cell phone or any electric devices while in the area you presume the gas leak to be.
Avoid smoking in the area or anything else that involves open flames.
Open all doors and windows to your home.
Turn off the gas valve for your home.
Get family and pets away from the area.
When you are safely out of the area, make a call to 911 or to the utility company.
AVOIDING GAS LINE REPAIR
Are you wondering how to go about avoiding an emergency gas line repair situation? As with most things, prevention is key. Because gas pipes are prone to corrosion and can soften over time, it is important to have a professional inspect them as part of your normal homeowner’s preventative maintenance checklist. With regular attention from a reputable expert, you can ensure that your gas lines are managed proactively and that everything remains in good working order. Always trust your gut. If you feel there may be a problem, take the necessary steps to make sure it gets taken care of.
When was the last time someone took a look at your gas lines? Call us up or schedule your gas line inspection online today. We have same-day service available 24 hours per day and all of our work is guaranteed.