Emergency Gas Repair
Natural gas is a fossil fuel formed when layers of buried plants are exposed to heat and pressure over a period of thousands of years. It is a non-renewable resource in that it cannot be replenished on a human time frame. It is commonly used for cooking, heating, and even generating electricity. It can also be used as fuel for vehicles, and in manufacturing plastics and other organic chemicals.
To use natural gas in a home or residential area, a gas system must be installed. A gas system allows gas to enter your home and will supply your appliances with the gas they need to work. These systems and appliances need to be installed and maintained by a professional to ensure they work properly. Our certified gas and plumbing experts can ensure your gas systems are working as they should.
Repair Leaks As Soon As Possible
If you suspect a gas leak in your home, evacuate the area and ensure that you call a professional to have it repaired as soon as possible. Gas leaks are a serious situation and require emergency attention, regardless of whether they require a simple fix or a large replacement. It is of the utmost importance that only a trained professional handles the repair.
No matter how complicated or simple the gas system in your home is, it is very important to ensure that it is maintained on a regular basis. This will help to avoid problems that can result in dangerous leaks. Our experts can assist in all your maintenance and repair needs at a reasonable price.
Detecting Gas Leaks
Gas leaks can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, asphyxiation, brain damage, and even death. The quick detection and repair of any natural gas leaks in your home is very important for the health of you and your family.
If you suspect a gas leak, the first thing to do is to leave your home, then call 9-1-1 or a professional such as Plumbers 911 or FORTIS BC. Never try to repair a gas leak yourself! If you suspect a leak, don't use electronics, flip switches, or smoke as this can ignite the gas and cause an explosion. Simply evacuate as soon as possible.
Some signs that you may have a gas leak:
- You smell rotten eggs. Gas companies add a rotten egg smell to natural gas as it does not have a smell of its own.
- You hear a blowing or hissing sound around your gas appliances or lines.
- You see dead greenery around your outdoor gas lines.
- Your home's carbon monoxide detector goes off.
How To Maintain Your Gas System
When you have a gas system in your home, it is important to know what belongs to you and what belongs to the gas company that supplies the gas to your home. This is because you are accountable for certain areas and they are duty-bound to repair others. The gas company is responsible for the meter and everything that carries gas to your meter.
A homeowner is accountable for everything on their side of the meter, including:
- A gas meter located at the curb to the home (when the meter is not in juxtaposition with the home).
- From your gas meter to the appliances on your property.
- A meter located underground that leads to a structure, pool/spa heating control system, or other gas appliances.
Ensuring that these lines are maintained helps avoid hidden risks due to corrosion and leaks. These should be periodically inspected by a licensed professional plumber to identify any problems. Our expert technicians will help ensure that your gas lines are safe, even those buried underground.
Hire A Gas Professional
A natural gas system that is not maintained and repaired can be dangerous, and even deadly. More often than not a gas leak is caused by poor fittings, subpar installations, bad maintenance, or even faulty appliances. Bad fittings let gas escape. Installations should always be made by an accredited technician. Appliances should not be second hand. It's helpful to have a carbon monoxide alarm in your home just in case of a leak. Call Plumbers 911 immediately for an inspection.