If you use natural gas to heat your home, hot water unit, or power your cooking range and oven, it is important to get familiar with the most typical natural gas line problems and their symptoms.
A gas line problem may cause damage to your appliances and property or worse, endanger your family’s health and safety.
Here are the most common home gas line problems, their symptoms and how to resolve them.
A gas leak inside your home is dangerous to your family and pets. Gas when inhaled may cause natural gas poisoning which can cause you to become ill or in extreme cases can be potentially lethal.
There are easily identifiable signs of a gas leak that you need to look out for. One is the smell of sulfur or rotten eggs in the home. This odorant is added by gas companies to help in gas leak detection.
Aside from the health risk, the buildup of natural gas inside of a home could also lead to a fire and explosion if the gas is exposed to a flammable substance like a cigarette.
A sudden increase in your gas bill may also indicate a gas leak. Another indicator that there is a gas leak in the pipe is a hissing sound coming from your appliance.
If you notice any of these signs, turn off your home gas supply valve and immediately contact a plumber who can diagnose and repair the cause of the gas leak.
Another common residential gas line problem is a gas line blockage. A gas line can become blocked with dirt or other debris, insects, tree roots, or even water. A bad dent or kink in the line can also block the flow of gas through it.
If your gas-powered appliances are not working properly or at all, it could be a sign of a natural gas blockage. If not addressed immediately, the pressure inside the pipe could build up and lead to gas leak or worst, pipe burst or explosion, which can be a major fire and safety hazard.
If you notice signs of a gas line blockage, turn off your home’s gas supply and call a plumber who specialises in gas line repair. The plumber can help you locate the source of the clog and clear it with a special probe or drain auger. They will also inspect the gas line for leaks and any other damage that may have been caused by the gas line blockage.
Gas leak and blockage do not just happen inside the house. Gas lines run from your home to the outdoor area to the main gas line. If you see dead or dying grass or plants in your yard, it could be related to a gas leak.
Another sign of gas leak in your yard is spot bubbling. If you notice bubbling in standing water in your yard or while watering your plants, it is possible that there is a gas pipe leak.
Gas line problems, even a minor one, should not be ignored because they can cause serious issues in your appliances in your family’s health and safety. If you suspect any issues in your gas line, call your plumber immediately.
If you are looking for a professional gas line repair service in Perth, contact World of Plumbing & Gas on 0488 296 724. We have licensed plumbers and gasfitters who are able to detect gas leak and perform a repair and replacement to ensure your family’s safety.