Natural gas lines pose a serious hazard in the event of a leak or break. It’s important that gas line damages are repaired immediately by a professional technician. Otherwise, untreated gas leaks become dangerous for the health and safety of your home and family.
There are tell-tale signs that homeowners will notice when a natural gas leak is present. Even before a gas line breaks, a technician can spot potential issues during regular maintenance inspections.
There are a few things you can do to protect your family and home from natural gas leaks.
Being proactive with regular maintenance work is one of the best safeguards against natural gas leaks. Annual maintenance work by a professional technician will help you avoid escalating problems. In addition, hiring a professional to install and upgrade new appliances, switch from oil appliances to gas, or replace old and deteriorating pipelines will improve the longevity of your gas line and appliances and prevent faulty connections.
In some cases, gas lines break and require emergency repairs. Knowing the signs of leaking gas helps homeowners act quickly to repair the damage. Watch for these signs that indicate there is a problem with your home’s natural gas line.
If you hear a hissing noise from behind a wall, it is most likely a gas leak. This requires immediate professional attention. In the meantime, close the gas line valve to prevent further leaking and minimize harm.
Leaking gas often smells foul, similar to rotten eggs. In some instances, the scent can be subtle so pay close attention to any unusual odors in your home.
Underground gas line leaks can cause damage to the grass and plants that grow above. Natural gas line damages may show up as a brown linear area in your yard’s grass or plants.
If you notice an uncommon spike in your monthly gas bills, there is a high chance that it’s caused by a gas line leak. If you’re suspicious, it’s a good idea to call for a gas line inspection to determine if there is any damage.
If you have an appliance that uses a gas line, such as a BBQ, fireplace, or stove, any changes in their performance should be examined. Over time, problems can arise with the joints and connectors or cracked seals between the appliance and gas line.
If you notice any of these signs in your home take precautions by evacuating the home and calling for professional repair work.
Natural gas leaks can have serious consequences. Prolonged exposure to a gas leak can cause dizziness, fatigue, and nausea. Your home is also at risk for a fire or explosion due to the flammability of natural gas. It is important that you do not attempt to repair the damage on your own.
For immediate and expert natural gas repairs, contact us by email or call for immediate services at Living Water Mechanical Services.