Gas leaks are common and may occur without a trace. It is important to be able to quickly identify and repair a gas leak, as it can become life threatening. While we can provide a basic outline of hints and tips to take care of the problem, it is suggested that you do not patch a gas line yourself unless you have the proper training to do so. It is best you contact a plumber to properly take care of the issue for your own safety as well as the wellbeing of your neighbors.
There are many signs to look for when determining if what you are dealing with is a gas leak. Common causes of a damaged gas line include old pipes as well as issues caused during the installation of a new roof. To identify a gas leak, your sense of smell is your best friend. You should use smell to help find the location. Be careful is it easy to confuse other smells for gas. The most important thing to look for is a constant presence of the odor, and if the smell is near any gas lines in your home that is a big clue.
At times gas leaks go unnoticed, here are some ways you can better identify a gas leak in your own home. The most prevalent places gas leaks occur are where pipes join together. Other common places to look for a gas leak are at flex lines, regulators, unions, risers, kitchen stove and old shut off valves. It’s usually at these locations where the connections will loosen allowing gas to escape out of the sealant around the unions from wear and tear.
If you think you are dealing with a gas leak go ahead and shut off the gas valve that directs gas into your home. Whether or not you have a gas leak this is the most crucial step to do before calling for help but, if you do not know how to shut off a gas valve on your own, call a professional immediately whether it’s the gas company or a plumber to help you shut it off before they arrive. Keep in mind that for certain cities gas companies have different policies, usually if the gas leak is within your home they will not fix it for you and ask that you call a plumber so it may take a few calls to get to the correct person you need. If your situation is severe you may go a few days without gas as your pipes get repaired. Be prepared to take the necessary precautions to keep you and your loved ones safe.