Natural gas, or propane, is commonly chosen by homeowners due to it’s low cost and efficiency to keep your appliances running. Natural gas can be used for cooking appliances, hot water and heating. Due to its chemical properties, natural gas is highly flammable, and even a minute leak can cause incredible damage, not only to your home but to your health and safety. As such, It is extremely important to have your plumber perform regular gas line inspections in order to avoid emergencies.
Even a responsible homeowner who ensures gas lines have been inspected must know the signs of a natural gas leak. Gas leaks are caused by damage to or deterioration of the pipes and effects from a gas leak can be found not only inside, but also outside the home. Some signs to look for are dead plants in your yard or rainwater bubbling on the ground after a storm. A surge in your gas bill may just mean it’s gotten colder out, but if that’s not the case it may be a sign of a leak. A few more common signs to look for are visible wear on the pipes, hissing noises, dizziness, nausea and a rotten egg smell.
Those who use natural gas in their homes must also be wary of carbon monoxide leaks. Carbon monoxide appears when natural gas doesn’t burn completely, generally due to a defective home appliance. Carbon monoxide is especially dangerous because it is odorless, colorless and tasteless but highly flammable and has the ability to cause serious illness upon exposure, with the worst cases involving long-term brain damage or even death. The best way to make sure your house is carbon monoxide free, is to install a detector and have all of your appliances inspected yearly. There are both plug-in and battery powered detectors – make sure to occasionally change the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector like you would with a smoke alarm if you opt for a battery powered model.
Gas line complications, although uncommon, are an additional way a leak could be caused in your home. Issues with your gas line could occur from incorrect installation, rusting, insufficient support, negligent building or damage to the lines due to pressure or force. Gas line issues have the ability to affect your appliances and you may notice them working slower or making unusual noises. In such a case it’s crucial to proceed with caution and have your gas line inspected.
Gas leaks are a serious issue with many unwanted consequences. Luckily all of these can be avoided through regular natural gas line inspections. If you notice any indication of a gas leak the first step to take is to evacuate your home immediately. The next step is to contact your local natural gas company so they can inspect the situation. On the occasion that there is a problem with your natural gas line, call a member of the Tritan Plumbing team for assistance. They will be able to do any repair or replacement of your gas line and get you back in your home in no time.