One of the most serious and dangerous home repair situations is a leaking gas line. A leaking gas line poses an immediate and serious health and safety threat. For starters, anytime there is a gas leak, there is a fire risk, which can be devastating. A gas leak can also cause you to feel sick. Because of this it is important to act quickly if you suspect you have a gas leak. Here are some signs you have a leaking gas line.
A gas leak is often accompanied by some pretty obvious signs. It is a good idea to be aware of what the warning signs are so that you can take the proper steps to protect you and your loved ones. Here are the signs to be on the lookout for.
Gas naturally has no odor, so a sulfuric smell is added to it to alert people of its presence. That is why if you have ever smelled natural gas before, it smells like rotten eggs. If you smell the unmistakable stench of rotten eggs, you could have a gas leak. You should contact the gas company to be on the safe side.
A gas leak can sometimes present itself as a higher than usual gas bill. If you cannot explain the reason for the hike in your gas bill, it is a good idea to check for a gas leak.
Gas using appliances can start to present problems if there is a gas leak. Your furnace, stove, dryer, and water heater may be gas operated. If any of these start acting up or fail to keep up with demand, there could be an issue with your gas line. If you have ruled out all other reasons for malfunction, an inspection of your gas line may be in order.
An unmistakable hissing sound is a good indication of a leaking gas line. This is perhaps one of the most obvious signs of a gas leak. If you hear a hissing sound behind the wall, it very well could be a gas leak. In which gas, it requires immediate attention.
Gas supply lines run underground to supply gas to your home. If you notice areas in your yard with dying or wilted foliage, it could be due to an underground gas leak.
If you have a leaking gas line, it is in your best interest to have repairs made by a professional who is trained to handle gas line repair. A leaking gas line is a dangerous situation, if you suspect you have a gas leak you should immediately vacate the area and call 911 and your utility company. Sometimes utility companies facilitate repairs on gas lines themselves. However, a lot of the time, homeowners are responsible for making repairs. Gas line repairs are not something you should attempt by yourself. Due to the serious nature of a leaking gas line, it is better to leave repairs to the professional plumbers who are trained, licensed, and insured. This way the job gets done right the first time, and in the safest possible manner. To learn more about gas line repair contact Rooter Hero Plumbing today!