According to the American Gas Association, over 73 million residential, commercial, and industrial premises in the United States use natural gas. It is highly flammable, and gas leaks increase the risk of fire and explosion.
When installed and used correctly, natural gas is safe and convenient. Unfortunately, gas leaks can occur and lead to physical symptoms or even carbon monoxide poisoning in people and animals.
Common signs of a gas leak include:
Symptoms of a gas leak occur due to the reduction in the amount of oxygen in the air. Common symptoms include:
Do not use any electronic items in the house and leave the property immediately. Do not use a landline or cell phone while on the property. Once in a safe location, call your local gas company to report the leak. Once the gas company has tagged the leak, call your plumber immediately to set up an appointment for repair.
Most people don’t think of gas pipes when they think of plumbing. However, there is a lot in common between piping for plumbing systems and natural gas. In fact, in most jurisdictions, it’s illegal for anyone to work on a pipe or appliance connected to a gas main unless they have a license to do so. Not only are professional plumbers the only people with the skill to do the job, but they are also the only people who are allowed to do the job. There’s a good reason for this because leaking gas lines are serious health hazards. Make sure you stay safe and trust our licensed professional plumbers to handle all your gas piping services.