Gas Line Repair and Installation
Natural gas is a reliable, relatively safe, and typically economical energy choice for homeowners. However, there are potential hazards to natural gas, and homeowners who are aware of the signs of a gas leak, and know how to respond are in a better position to protect their family. Platinum Plumbing’s licensed plumbers can provide professional repair and installation of gas lines in your home.
Natural Gas Leaks
Though gas line leaks rarely occur, they are extremely dangerous. In the enclosed environment of a home, natural gas can accumulate, causing suffocation, explosion, or fire. Outdoor gas leaks may also occur due to leaking gas lines or gas meters, and are also dangerous. Before performing any task outdoors that requires digging or excavation, contact your local gas supplier and request they mark the location of gas lines in advance of outdoor digging.
Signs of Natural Gas Leak
For homes served by natural gas, it is essential that all occupants are aware of the signs of a natural gas leak. Gas in its natural form lacks any odor. An additive called mercaptan is added to make it detectable with the distinctive scent of rotten eggs. Other signs of a gas leak include:
Besides the odor, a natural gas leak may be heard with a hissing or blowing sound.
Outdoor gas leaks may occur in underground gas lines or the gas meter. The signs of an outdoor leak include unseasonable dying of grass or other vegetation; debris or soil blowing into the air; hissing, roaring or blowing sound; bubbling in standing water.
Safety Precautions When a Gas Leak Occurs
When a gas leak occurs, evacuate the home or the area immediately. Once you are a safe distance away, and no longer smell the gas, call 911, and the gas supplier.
Do not strike a flame, or turn anything on or off, such as lights, electronics, appliances, and do not use a phone. Gas is highly explosive and flammable, and it only requires a tiny spark to ignite natural gas. Your gas supplier will shut the gas supply off, and once the gas has dispersed contact Platinum Plumbing for gas line repair in Staten Island, NY.
Symptoms of Gas Exposure
Symptoms of exposure to natural gas can vary widely from person to person. Common symptoms of poisoning due to natural gas include:
- Shortness of breath, rapid respirations and/or complaints of the inability to breathe
- Mental confusion
- Unusual fatigue and drowsiness
Gas Line Replacement
Over time, brass fittings can deteriorate, developing cracks and gas leaks. Gas professionals often recommend replacing gas lines and fittings every ten years to ensure continued safe operation.
Platinum Plumbing’s licensed plumbers adhere to the highest standards of the plumbing industry, ensure safe, effective installation and repair of gas lines.