NOTE: IF YOU SMELL GAS AT YOUR HOME OR OFFICE, TURN OFF YOUR GAS SUPPLY AND CALL YOUR LOCAL GAS COMPANY IMMEDIATELY!
When it comes to your gas line, it is always best to have professionals handle any installations or repairs. Natural gas is flammable and combustible; if not handled properly, it poses a real threat to your health and home. Get a better idea of what to look for when dealing with gas by understanding the basics.
What are the Signs I Have a Gas Leak?
It’s vital that every homeowner knows the warning signs of gas leaks.
If you smell rotten eggs, or hear a hissing or roaring sound near your appliance or gas line, you may have a gas leak. Natural gas is odorless and colorless, but a chemical called mercaptan is added to your gas supply that will help alert you to leaks by emitting the rotten egg stench.
Other subtle signs that you have a gas leak include dust or debris being blown in the area around your gas pipe, as well as dead or dying plants near your gas line.
What Do I Do If I Notice a Gas Leak?
Leave your property immediately! Don’t try to use your phone or any electronic devices until you are in a safe location. Then, call your local gas company to report the leak.
When our technicians arrive to repair your gas line, we will assess your line to determine the cause of the leak. Common causes include a faulty valve or loose flare fittings. These are easy to repair but must be performed by professionals to prevent further leaks.
How Do I Prevent Future Gas Leaks?
Since earthquakes are common in our area, it’s important to have a gas line shut off system in place in case of an emergency. Earthquake shut off valves automatically turn off the gas supply to your home when triggered by earthquake activity. In the event the valve is not working properly, we will come out to reset it to make sure your home stays protected.
When it’s time to install a gas valve inside or outside your home, it’s always best to leave the job to a technician. We help residents install gas valves for water heaters to make sure you don’t risk leaks around your new valve.
Gas supply lines for other appliances such as stoves and barbecue grills should also be installed by professionals. These lines must be buried at the proper depth and connected at all junctures to prevent fires, gas leaks, and other hazards. While this may seem like a simple task, running pipes through walls and floors and tapping into other supply lines is an intricate process.
While it is important for homeowners to know how to identify a gas leak and turn off their gas valve, that is where the DIY process ends. Always call a professional for your gas line projects, whether you’re repairing or installing new lines.