Don't Ignore These Signs of a Damaged Gas Line
Your gas line is one of the most important arteries in your home. It fuels important appliances, and it’s absolutely essential to keep it in working order.
A damaged gas line is a danger to the safety of your family. But how do you know if your gas line is functioning correctly?
What are some signs you might need help with gas line repairs?
If you notice any of these signs, you need to call a professional to assess the state of your gas line:
- Foul odor: If you’ve noted a Sulphur or rotten egg smell, you may have a gas leak. The smell may seem to come from nowhere and dissipate quickly. Lengthy exposure may lead to headaches, nausea and dizziness.
- Dying vegetation: Have you noticed a patch of dying grass or plant life in your yard? A leak in your underground gas line could be the cause.
- Appliance problems: If any of your gas-powered appliances bear signs of corrosion around the gas lines, are running slower than usual, or are making strange noises, a gas line leak could be to blame.
- High gas bill: A spike in your gas bill could be the result of a leak in your gas line. Weather and fluctuating gas prices can cause a high gas bill but ruling out a gas leak will protect you and your family from harm.
- Hissing noises: If you’ve caught the sound of hissing coming from any of your gas appliances or from behind a wall, you may have a dangerous indoor gas leak. Locate the valve connected to the line and turn it off – this can prevent further gas from leaking.
If you recognize any of these indicators, you need to take immediate action. If you feel confident that the situation is stable (for example, you’ve only noticed a high gas bill,) make a call to the utility company and they will send a technician out to assess the situation promptly. If you believe you have a leak, get yourself and your family out of your house and call 9-1-1 immediately. Natural gas is extremely flammable, and it’s always better to be safe.
Once you know you have a gas leak – what’s next? The utility company can shut off the flow of natural gas to your home, but they will not repair a leak. For that you’ll need a professional plumber and HVAC technician. Washtenaw Plumbing and Heating is a locally owned and operated plumbing and heating company operating 24 hours a day to serve your needs. We know how serious gas line repairs are, and we will be at your home swiftly to give an accurate evaluation and estimate.
If you’re ready to talk to us about repairing your gas line, give us a call at 734-222-3620. We’re available 24/7 to answer your phone call and service your plumbing and heating needs.