Gas Line Repair
When it comes to repairing gas lines leaks, it’s important to make sure everything is in perfect working order for both safety and efficiency reasons. Natural gas is one of the most common and affordable forms of energy to residential consumers. Although relatively safe and very efficient, consumers of natural gas should be aware of possible hazards to better protect their homes and families.
Carbon monoxide is a potentially harmful by-product of using natural gas. When inhaled, this toxic gas can be very harmful. Unfortunately, carbon monoxide is completely odorless and colorless, making it almost impossible to detect on your own. Exposure to carbon monoxide can cause flu-like symptoms, as well as headaches and dizziness. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should get out of their home and call 911 immediately.
To reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning:
- Install carbon monoxide detectors in multiple areas of your home.
- Inspect the vents, flues, and chimneys of all gas water heaters, furnaces, and fireplaces for proper ventilation of exhaust.
- Never heat the house with your gas oven.
- Never sleep in a room heated by a gas or kerosene space heater without proper venting.
Gas Line Leaks
Since so many homes in the United States rely on natural gas for clean and efficient heating, a leaking gas line can cause a lot of problems. A buildup of natural gas in an enclosed area can make people very sick or in some cases even cause an explosion. Before doing any job that requires digging outdoors, homeowners should call their local utility company to identify and mark the gas lines before digging begins.
If you notice a “rotten egg” smell in your home, you might have a gas line leak. Here’s what you should do:
- Do not use your cell phone until safely away from the suspected source of the leak.
- Shut gas valves off at your home.
- Do not turn any electric appliances on or off.
- Do not smoke or use any open flames.
- Do not attempt to locate the leak.
- Get a safe distance away from the house, and then call 911 and the utility company.
- If a natural gas line is damaged when digging outside, call the utility company immediately. Do not attempt to repair the line.
Preventing gas leaks in the home is as easy as scheduling annual gas line inspections and ensuring proper installation of natural gas lines by licensed professionals. To prevent or repair gas leaks, opt for flexible gas lines and make sure they are inspected regularly by a licensed professional, like the plumbing experts at ARS®/Rescue Rooter®. Call us any time at 866-399-2885 for gas line repairs or an annual inspection.