In the same way we can’t predict when a household plumbing emergency might happen, we can’t predict when gas leaks will happen either. The worst part is that gas leaks are often left undetected until it’s far too late, causing damage to both your home and your health. Gas leaks should always be taken seriously and treated with extreme caution, calling your local plumber for help is your first step.
There are a variety of things in your home that could cause gas leaks. Substandard plumbing work when the house was built, bad ventilation, or even your everyday household appliances. Depending on the age of your home and the last time preventative maintenance was done, a gas leak occurring may be more likely than you think.
Appliances that use gas can include your water heater, dryer, or stove. If any of your household appliances use gas or propane, chances are high that a leak could occur. The only reason that gas leaks can happen due to your household appliances is because of general wear and tear over a period of time. Make sure that you look after your household appliances and keep everything regularly maintained. Regular maintenance doesn’t always mean calling in a professional every month – just keep an eye on it to see if there are any potential issues happening. If you feel that it’s something beyond your ability, don’t hesitate to get a professional involved.
As much as we wish that everyone built their homes to a set standard. Unfortunately, it’s harder and costly to bring older homes into the modern era. While older homes may have been to code when originally built. Modern advancements can mean it may not pass anymore. Your home could be affected due to poor planning of the piping layout when your home was built. Over time these pipes will erode allowing harmful gases to escape into your home.
Proper ventilation is not only energy-efficient but also helpful in reducing the risk of inhaling harmful gases. With the right amount of ventilation, you can improve your indoor air quality and lower the risk of carbon dioxide (CO2) poisoning. How does proper ventilation relate to gas leaks in your home? Well, larger appliances can generate carbon dioxide. Generally, the excess carbon dioxide is removed from your home through an exhaust fan. However, if your fan is clogged and your windows are closed – you’re going to have a serious problem. This is why it’s important to monitor your home’s CO2 levels.
Sometimes your home will let you know that plumbing repairs or replacements are needed, for example, if your water pipe bursts. With gas leaks, it’s a little harder to predict and sometimes even notice. Gas leaks do sometimes give you warning signs such as pungent odors, dying houseplants, and an odd hissing noise. The problem is that these things are easily overlooked, this is why regular preventative maintenance with your local plumber is so important. Your plumbing technician will be able to assess your household plumbing for the source of the leak.
There are some household plumbing repairs that you can do yourself, it’s important to remember that a professional plumber is always required for gas leaks. You don’t want to risk your life or your property to save a quick buck. One thing that you as a homeowner can do is ensure you know exactly where your shut-off valves are, and how to use them. If you’re unsure of the severity of the gas leak in your home, it’s important to shut it off as soon as possible until the plumber arrives.
If you’re suspicious about a possible gas leak in your home, you don’t need to call your gas company and wait until they send someone to check it out. Call in your local plumbing team from Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric instead! While you wait for us to arrive, it’s important to shut off the gas valve in your home. Until you get the go-ahead from your plumber, you should avoid using your household appliances.
For more information on household gas leaks or to schedule an appointment, call the Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric team today at 561-391-1048!