The gas line is one of your home’s most valuable sources of energy, but also can pose risks if not managed carefully. If you have a gas leak or suspect one of your gas lines might have been damaged, it’s essential to act quickly.
Methanethiol, or methyl mercaptan, is a chemical with a strong sulphur odour that is added to natural gas so it can be easily detected if there is a leak. If you smell a rotten egg odour, vacate the area immediately and call 911. If you are indoors, open windows and doors as you leave the building. Do not turn on any power sources or ignite flames as it poses a fire or explosion risk. After you have contacted 911, call the emergency line for your natural gas provider and follow their instructions.
After a leak has been identified and the gas has been switched off in your home, you can hire a gasfitter to make the necessary repairs. The 180 Plumbing & Heating team can help you with this, our team has extensive training and expertise in all code-compliant gas line repairs. We offer safe and effective high-quality gas system repairs. Contact us today for a quote.
Gas Line Inspections
If you have an older home or old gas appliances, it might be time for an inspection of your gas lines. Over time, connections can corrode and fail causing small leaks. Our team can help you assess if it’ll be in your best interest to replace old lines and connections or have them repaired. To ensure the safety of your home and family, we use only the highest quality materials. Our technicians are trained and certified plumbers and gasfitters so you can rest assured that the work will be done properly and safely.
Professional Gas Line Installation Services
When doing any kind of renovations with gas appliances present, it is important to ensure that you and your renovators are aware of the presence of all gas lines to ensure proper precautions are taken not to damage the lines. If you are remodelling your kitchen, living room, or basement and you’re looking to relocate or install a gas-powered appliance, our team can ensure your gas lines are relocated safely and your gas appliances are connected properly.
Underground gas lines are a great solution for delivering gas to backyard and garage amenities. These lines only pose a risk if they are damaged by not observing safe clearances around the lines. Typically, it’s recommended to leave 2 meters of clearance around your gas lines to prevent any possibility of damaging the line. The most common need for residential gas line repairs arises with backyard landscaping or renovations that require digging work. If you’re digging deep into the ground, such as digging fence posts, a pool, planting a tree, etc, get your yard surveyed to locate all of the utilities in your yard before digging. Scheduling a survey will not cost anything, but if you cause a gas leak, the consequences can be dangerous and expensive.
One of the most dangerous situations with natural gas is due to inexperienced, unlicenced people working on gas lines. Even seaming simple repairs or installations should not be completed by anyone other than a certified gasfitter. The 180 Plumbing & Heating team is fully certified and have years of experience working with gas lines. You can trust our team to complete your home projects safely and efficiently.
Oxygen Deprivation & Carbon Monoxide Concerns
In addition to the risk of flammability and explosions, there are two other health-related risks when using natural gas. When natural gas leaks occur within an enclosed area, there is a danger of oxygen deprivation to anyone in the area caused by the buildup of natural gas displacing the oxygen. When natural gas is burned in an area without sufficient amounts of oxygen, carbon monoxide poisoning is of concern. Both of these concerns can be managed by ensuring that your natural gas appliances and gas lines are in good working condition through regular maintenance.
You can also take these additional precautions in your home:
- Install carbon monoxide detectors.
- Ensure your gas stove has an outdoor-ventilated exhaust fan.
- When using a fireplace, be sure to have a properly vented chimney.
- Have your central heating systems checked, cleaned, and tuned annually.
Choose 180 Plumbing & Heating for your Gas Line Repairs
Our thorough inspections will detect any problems with your gas lines and gas appliances. We only use and recommend quality parts installed by licensed, experienced technicians. Our team has extensive training and expertise in gas lines and appliances so you can be confident in your gas line repairs from 180 Plumbing & Heating. We are dedicated to educating our clients on best practices to maintain and prolong the life of your home systems and we will always consult with you so you understand your options. Your safety and satisfaction are our top priority.