The Seriousness of Texas Natural Gas Leaks
Gas lines are an important part of any residential home. However, there can also be dangers associated with those gas lines. This is why it is important when any gas work, installation or refitting is performed, it be done by a qualified professional. Your life may depend on the work of the professional installing your gas line.
Natural gas, or methane, is widely used in homes for heating and cooking. It is not poisonous, but it displaces levels of oxygen that can result in death. Every year, tragedies occur from asphyxiation. Another danger is a gas-filled basement can explode into a devastating fire that can consume the entire house. This is because the natural gas methane is highly combustible. As a flammable substance, the mishandling of gas line installation and repair can result in explosions or carbon monoxide leaking which can damage your home, property, and especially your family if not handled properly.
A leak in your gas line is not a matter you should take into your own hands. Call the professionals at American Plumbing Service, where we can put our years of experience in residential gas line leak detection to work.
What Causes Gas Line Leaks?
A gas leak is an unexpected release of gas creating a dangerous situation. The smallest of leaks can accumulate and ignite to cause an explosion. Gas leaks are caused by wear and tear to fittings that either leak underground, in walls or below a structure. Gas leaks can also be a result of appliances that have been incorrectly installed or poorly maintained. This is due to the fact that gas lines are similar to water pipes and drains in the way that they corrode and become weaker with time. However, unlike common pipes and drains, gas lines are exceptionally dangerous and requires the utmost safety and care when repairing or installing.
As a flammable substance, the mishandling of gas line installation and repair can result in explosions or carbon monoxide leaking which can damage your home, property, and especially your family if not handled properly.
Gas leak Detection
Natural gas is odorless on its own, but gas companies place additives in the gas to provide a smell. This helps property owners know when they have leaks in their gas lines. When a natural gas pipe has a leak, there are a number of telltale signs that will let you know what is occurring.
- A rotten egg or sulfur-like smell
- Hissing noises near appliances, lines or valves
- Corroded or cracked lines
- Dying plants near gas lines
- Higher gas bills without increased usage
Signs of physical illness can indicate that you have a gas leak can include: