How Do Gas Lines Work
Homes that use gas for heat or for other various appliances have a gas line that connects directly to the furnace, water heater, stove, and other appliances that use gas. The most common gas used for residential homes is natural gas. Utility companies supply this gas to homes through an underground pipe system.
Natural gas lines are always installed in a home by a professional; however, problems can occur with the gas line over time. This can ultimately result in unintended consequences, as gas leaks are extremely dangerous to anyone residing in the home because of their extremely flammable and toxic nature.
What Are The Two Biggest Reasons For Gas Line issues?
- Aging pipes
- The buildup of gas pressure over time
Tree roots can also be a problem, as well as any severe weather and accidents during an excavation.
Reasons Gas Leaks Occur
Repairing a gas line will depend on the nature of the problem:
- Due to incorrect appliance installation or a gas line hookup that was not done properly.
- If the hose for the gas line gets pinched then a small line leak can develop.
Gas available to homes and businesses is inherently safe; however, leaking gas is not something that should be left unattended. Leaking gas is not always easy to detect, but natural gas does have an odor that has been added as an element to make the gas easy to smell. If you smell something like rotten eggs, call a plumber right away as you may have a natural gas leak.
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What Should You Do if You Need a Gas Line Repair?
If you have any type of gas line leak in your home, turn off the gas supply immediately. This needs to be done at each appliance, as well as at the main supply line into your home. You may be able to turn off the gas yourself at an appliance. However, the main supply line will require the assistance of a licensed plumber.
Suspect you may have a gas leak? Contact S & D Plumbing today and have your gas leak repaired safely and efficiently!