All your home’s gas lines, fittings and connections are subject to wear and tear. Extreme heat and cold causes gas lines to expand and contract seasonally. This repeated expansion and contraction creates small cracks in the lines that can result in a dangerous gas leak. Older indoor fittings and flex hoses begin to break down from moisture and age, becoming brittle around the threads of these joints, and will eventually start to leak.
As you probably know, an unattended gas leak is a situation that usually results in a much more significant problem. Gas leaks can lead to a build-up of natural gas in your home, which can result in an explosion. Natural gas is colorless and odorless, making it hard to detect when there is a leak. An additive called ethyl mercaptan is added to natural gas to give it that distinctive “rotten egg” smell.
Gas leak detection in Houston is accomplished by first testing gas fittings using a soap and water mixture that is applied to junction points in the gas line. If the soap ‘bubbles up” at any point, there is gas leaking from that fitting. Next, the technician will disconnect the main gas line from your gas meter and perform a pressure test on the line.
According to Texas statute, the testing criteria is for the gas line to be pressurized to a maximum 5 psi (pounds per square inch) and the line must maintain that pressure for thirty minutes. Any loss of pressure during this test indicates a gas leak and will require further isolation testing to locate the source of the leak.
If you notice the tell-tale smell of a gas leak in your home, the most important thing you can do is leave the house. As you go, be sure to leave the door open to allow the house to begin to air out. Call your gas service provider to have your gas services turned off at the meter, then call Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services for your gas leak detection in Houston testing. Gas leak calls are a top priority for us and take precedence over all other non-emergency services.
Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services have been the gas leak detection in Houston experts since 1979. We know gas line systems inside and out, and our licensed and experienced plumbing technicians are ready to inspect your gas line system and recommend any repairs that are required.
Gas leaks are not something anyone should take lightly, and gas leak detection in Houston is something that needs to be handled by licensed, experienced professionals. Trust Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services with your home’s gas line plumbing system.