Gas Line Safety – Repair and Replacement
When it comes to home improvements or remodeling projects that involve digging or moving a gas line, it is important to take the proper safety precautions to prevent a catastrophic injury. But did you know that a gas leak can occur even if the line is not being moved? There are several things that can cause a gas leak or gas line break and it is important to call a professional to troubleshoot and repair the problem. Call Alvarez Plumbing instead of trying to tackle a dangerous job on your own. If you smell gas or your gas appliances are not working properly, there could be a leak or a break somewhere in the line. Here are a few troubleshooting tips that may require repair or replacement.
How to Identify a Gas Leak
If a gas leak occurs inside of your home, there are several signs that may indicate gas is escaping for a pipe. One of the first signs of a potential gas leak is a strange and peculiar odor such as rotten eggs. The smell can be subtle or strong and it is important to note when you started to smell the odor and if the odor comes and goes. If it is getting stronger, you need to leave the home immediately and call a professional right away before re-entry.
Maybe you notice a smell but it’s not always a tell-tale sign of a slight gas leak. There may be a hissing or strange noise coming from your gas equipment, pipelines or from a gas water heater themselves. If it sounds like a lot of air is being let of a balloon—this could be a strong indication of a gas leak. A hissing or squealing sound could also indicate that gas is being exerted at a very high rate. It is important to get the appliance turned off as well as the gas to prevent a major gas explosion from occurring.
Sometimes a gas leak may occur just outside your home. If you notice the smell of rotten eggs, natural gas and see dirt or debris flying into the air, it could be an indication of a busted pipeline. Other signs may be vegetation that is discolored on the ground near a gas line or bubbling coming up through the ground. This means that the area outside of your home and the neighborhood is extremely unstable and at risk for explosion. Leave the area immediately, call your gas company and tell others to stay away.
Consequences of a Gas Leak
The biggest consequence of a gas leak is an explosion. If the gas is somehow ignited by a spark or flame it can cause the explosion which can lead to catastrophic effects that can destroy everything in its path. Another repercussion of being involved with a gas leak is that it can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. This is a serious condition which can lead to severe mental impairment and eventually death. If you suspect a gas leak, open the windows immediately and then leave the premises. When in a safe place, away from the home or gas leak, call 911.
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