The modern American home relies on natural gas for so many daily activities, it’s easy to take it for granted. Hot water for cooking, showering and doing your laundry, not to mention the heat pumping from your furnace, are all courtesy of modern natural gas service.
Appliances like stoves and water heaters that run on natural gas are more efficient and cost less to run than their electrical counterparts. While natural gas service offers incredible convenience and generally worry-free operation, like any other pipe, your gas lines can develop leaks.
The biggest misconception about natural gas leaks is that you’ll always know about them when they notice that “rotten egg” smell. While that smell is the cause for most of the calls that we get related to gas line repair, it is possible for you to have a gas leak and not notice it, despite the odor. Gas leaks outside of your home near the meter, or beneath a pier and beam foundation can be masked the wind.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A GAS LEAK?
By design, the first clue that you have a gas leak is that familiar “rotten egg” smell, created by a chemical called mercaptan. When mercaptan is added to the odorless natural gas it releases sulfur when exposed to oxygen. The release of the sulfur is how we become aware of the presence of gas leaks in our homes.
Aside from the smell, which doesn’t always accompany a gas leak, there are also physical symptoms to be aware of like sudden headaches, dizziness, nausea, and trouble breathing. If you experience any of these symptoms, either with or without the smell of a gas leak, treat it as an emergency.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A GAS LEAK
The first thing you should do if you suspect a gas leak is to grab your cell phone and head outdoors. Try to open as many windows as you can on the way out and leave the door open when you exit the home. By allowing air to circulate through the house, you cut down on the amount of gas that is present, which decreases the potential for an explosion.
Now that you’re safely outside and at least one hundred feet away from the home, use your cellphone to call 9-1-1 and report the gas leak. This will alert the closest local gas provider employee to come and turn off the gas supply to your home at the gas meter.
Now that the drama is over, and everyone is safe, you still have a gas leak to deal with. The worst part is the gas company will not turn your gas back on without documentation that the leak has been repaired.
Your second call should be to a licensed and experienced plumbing company that knows their way around gas line repair and gas line installation.
YOU MUST USE A LICENSED PLUMBER FOR GAS LINE REPAIR IN TEXAS
According to the current state of Texas plumbing licensing laws, only a licensed plumber can perform gas line repair. We get a lot of calls in our office from confused customers who were referred to a plumbing company by their natural gas provider. People don’t necessarily associate plumbers with gas line installation and repair, but that’s one of their many specialties.
REASONS TO CALL NICK’S PLUMBING FOR YOUR GAS LINE REPAIR
• Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services operates fifteen fully stocked trucks and employs only experienced, licensed and background-checked plumbing technicians.
• Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services offers free estimates as well as free second opinions for all your gas line repair and gas line installation needs.
• Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services has been performing all types of gas line repair, gas line installation and gas line maintenance since 1979.
• You’re going to need a professional plumbing company to do your gas line repair, trust Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services to get your gas line installation done right the first time.
• Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services has a reputation backed by over 700 five-star reviews on Google and over one-hundred and fifty-thousand satisfied customers.
Listen, gas line repair is not something the average homeowner can anticipate the need for. Regular gas line inspections can make you aware of gas leaks you didn’t know you had, as well as locate problem areas that have the potential to become gas leaks.
After over forty years in business, Nick’s wants to be your plumbing company.
When you need a gas line inspection, gas line repair, or any gas line installation, call the experts at Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services.
Gas Line Repair $45 - $85 Per Foot (Depends on scope of work)