There are so many options to choose from when you want to take on a DIY project. You can replace cabinets, change locks, or even renovate your bathroom. When it comes to your gas line, however, we recommend you leave it to the experienced professionals. Even if you have read up on all the tutorials and watched some guides, the risks associated with repairing or even tinkering with the gas line are far too great. Your friends at Mr. Rooter Plumbing have put together this article to review some things every homeowner should know about gas lines and gas line repair. If you have any specific questions or concerns, or if you would like to hire a qualified plumber, then call Mr. Rooter Plumbing to get connected with a live representative today.
Signs of A Gas Leak
Gas leaks are terrifying considering the potential damage and harm. They can cause devastating fires and even fatalities, so do not take gas leaks lightly whatsoever. Luckily, there are some signs that you can catch. These signs rely on your sense of smell, sight, and hearing.
Usually, the first and most powerful sign of a gas leak is the odor. In fact, natural gas lines have sulfur added to them for this specific purpose. If you get a whiff of rotten eggs, then consider it a flashing, red warning sign.
Next, listen for any hissing, banging, or clanging coming from the gas line. If you suspect a leak, then do not get too close to the pipes.
Finally, inspect areas around the gas line. If the gas line runs near a window, you might spot extra condensation. Any vegetation or plants near a gas leak will be dying or dead.
What NOT to Do
Before we get to what you should do, we want to emphasize some things that you should definitely NOT do in the event of a gas line leak:
In short, you do NOT want to ignite the gas which is EXTREMELY flammable.
What to Do
If you suspect a gas leak, then exit the building as soon as possible, leaving any and all doors and windows open. This will not make the home safe to re-enter but will help some of the gas escape. Once you are safely outside, call 911 and your local gas company. Let the fire department and gas company inspect the gas line to ensure everything is safe before you re-enter your home.
It might be that the gas line is damaged and will have to be repaired. In this case, call Mr. Rooter Plumbing to either arrange an emergency dispatch or schedule a flexible appointment. Again, do not re-enter the building unless you have been assured that the threat is under control. We are always ready to help.