27 Sep Does Your Home Need a Gas Line Inspection?
Many of us rely on natural gas in our homes for heating, cooking and hot water. Natural gas is relatively safe, affordable and very efficient, and so it is a popular choice for homeowners. But just as with any part of your home, things can go wrong with your gas lines, and gas leaks or damaged gas lines can have disastrous results, causing illness or damage to your property. Homeowners who use gas in their homes need to be aware of the signs of gas leaks or gas poisoning, and have a reliable plumber on call for gas line repair and inspection. Here we look at some of the signs you may need a gas line inspection, and how gas line maintenance can keep your home safe.
GAS LINE LEAKS
Gas line leaks can be caused by damage, wear or corrosion on your gas line pipes, or issues with your appliances and equipment that utilize gas. Gas leaks can cause a number of issues, including illness due to inhalation, fire, or even explosion in serious cases. Gas leaks can be detected from the characteristic ‘rotten-egg smell’ of natural gas, or you may hear hissing sounds, see bubbling through water, or notice visible cracks or damage in your gas lines.
Preventing Gas Line Issues
Gas line issues are rare, but can arise due to careless digging or building practices, direct force and damage to the lines, wear and tear, or improper installation. The best way to avoid issues with gas lines and gas leaks is to have a qualified technician inspect your gas lines every year. This allows problems with gas lines to be detected early, before disaster occurs. Gas lines and appliances both inside and outside the house are tested, from the meter, to the home, to your backyard grill. By using specialized gas detection equipment, technicians can pick up even traces of gas that may be leaking into your environment.
What About Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is another gas that’s found in fumes whenever anything, including natural gas is burned. Carbon monoxide can build up inside homes and enclosed spaces causing illness and even death to those who breathe it for prolonged periods of time. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, and cannot be detected without the use of specialized equipment. The best way to prevent issues with carbon monoxide is by installing a carbon monoxide detector in your home and having your heating system, water heater, and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced and inspected every year.
What To Do If You Have a Gas Leak
If you smell or hear gas and suspect you have a gas leak, evacuate the building as soon as possible and contact your gas company. If it’s safe to do so, shut off the gas to your home. Contact your gas company to come and assess the situation. If you need gas line repair or gas line replacement, call your local plumber for prompt and efficient service, to solve the issue and get your home back in no time.