If you’re not a professional plumber, it’s easy to see how certain plumbing issues could exist for some time before they are noticed. In order to get the most out of your home and ensure your family’s safety, you should try to familiarize yourself with the warning signs. Gas plumbing leaks can be especially dangerous because harmful substances could be leaking into your home. Your family can breathe them in, causing a series of health problems.
In order to reduce the risks associated with your gas plumbing system, it is recommended that you speak with a professional plumber as soon as you first suspect there is an issue. At Tritan Plumbing, we understand that this is an urgent matter, and we’ll work to detect and repair those leaks as quickly as possible – even if that requires same day or after hours service.
Look for These Warning Signs of a Slow Leak in Your Gas Plumbing System
- Rust or corrosion around the water heater. This can cause areas to burn and wear down with time. This is where the gas is going to leak the most. If you notice wear and tear where there shouldn’t be any, then it might be time for a new water heater.
- Place soapy water over the gas lines. If there are bubbles or noticeable air coming from them, this indicates a gas leak in the system. This is a serious problem. Call a professional as soon as possible.
- If there is a rotten egg or sulfur-like smell going through the home, this can indicate a gas pipe leak.
- Hissing or blowing of air near the gas pipes. This is something that is less recognized unless you’re right by the pipe that has a slow leak. However, if you get near the pipe then it is unmistakable.
- Is the water from the heater not getting very hot? This could be from the gasses not heating up the area it is supposed too and going to a new area instead.
- You feel air leaking from one of the pipe hook ups around the water heater. This is a sure sign that something in the system is leaking.
- If the system is older than 12 years old, it may not be leaking but it is definitely time to consider replacing the system before a leak does occur.
- A fire has started by the gas pipes. This is because the leak was not addressed and the gas ignited when placed by a flame. This is a dangerous situation and how house fires can occur. Leave the home and call the fire department.
- Use a gas detector by the pipes to see if it shows any source of a gas leak in the area.
As with all systems in the home, it is important that you speak with a professional. They will guide you on what needs to be done next. You shouldn’t have to worry about a fire happening after it is too late. With the proper repair or replacement of the gas plumbing systems in the home, you can feel much more confident about using them without having dangerous consequences.
The Tritan Plumbing team is extremely knowledgeable and equipped to handle these types of situations within homes. If you believe that you may have a gas plumbing leak in Naperville or any of the surrounding suburbs, give us a call at 815-515-4062.