If your household is run on natural gas, suspecting or discovering a gas leak is not only inconvenient but potentially an extremely dangerous situation. Not only can a leaking gas pipe cause anyone exposed to it to feel less than perky (think headaches, nausea and even vomiting), a leak left too long has the potential to turn catastrophic. Gas is a volatile substance that needs be managed quickly and effectively by an expert experienced in emergency gas plumbing.
How a Gas Leak Occurs
A gas leak usually occurs from an appliance like your gas water heater or furnace but it can be difficult to to detect where the actual problem lies. The first sign that something is wrong is often the distinctive smell of gas – but a formerly working gas appliance (like a hot water heater) suddenly grinding to a halt and ceasing to function can also be a sign that something is amiss somewhere in the system, or that the heater is running low on it’s gas supply.
Detecting a Gas Leak
If you suspect a leak, or feel that something just isn’t quite right, rectifying the situation as quickly as possible is key. Leaving a leak, even for a short period, allows gas to build up within a confined space which isn’t something you want happening in your home! The first thing to do, if you suspect a problem, is to switch off all gas appliances and pilot lights and switch the gas off at the gas meter. Open doors and windows for ventilation and call a professional experienced in emergency gas plumbing immediately. Here at Tai Irwin Plumbing, we offer 24 hour emergency service and guarantee a fast response to any enquiry. A fully qualified plumber can be at your house, assessing the problem, providing a fixed price quote and fixing the issue in a flash. Exactly what you need when you’re dealing with a problem that can impact your family’s health and safety.
Preventing Gas Leaks
As with many emergency gas plumbing issues, prevention is always better than a cure. Regularly checking your connection fittings to ensure that they are in good working order can help prevent a problem from occurring down the track. A little maintenance on your Gas line can also save you money. It’s worth investing in an inspection for your gas water heater or furnace if it’s been awhile since they were last checked. Tai Irwin Plumbing is licensed to provide this simple and quick service for peace of mind and assurance that your gas is working safely.
If you want to schedule a service call or discuss other plumbing needs you may have, give the team here at Tai Irwin Plumbing a call. We are your local, family-based plumbing service with over 30 years experience in the industry, including in emergency gas plumbing and other emergency services. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, we are all about reliable, honest service and offer a 100% guarantee on all services.
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