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Gas Line Leakage: Early Detection

Smell those weird, nauseatingly sweet, barely-there fumes? Better act fast because it could be a natural gas leakage in your home! One of the most serious home pipe services we work on is your home’s gas line. Issues with these pipes require immediate attention because they cause injuries and even deaths each year! Even a minor gas leak can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, explosions, and fires. Since carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas, its leakage can go unnoticed for some time. The best way to avoid even the smallest gas line leakage is through early detection and prevention. Here are some tips for gas line leakage avoidance:

Where does gas line leakage originate?

Gas leakage in a home is usually the result of defective piping, malfunctioning appliances, and inadequate ventilation. A network of pipes, installed underneath your home by the city, connects your domestic appliances to the primary gas source. In most old Phoenix area homes, these pipes can become damaged and simply break off due to long-term wear and heat damage. With time and excessive usage, the seals that bind multiple pipes together in stoves, water heaters, and dryers can corrode and can cause gas leaks. Propane and natural gas are not the only gases that can give you a difficult time. In fact, poor ventilation or faulty exhaust fans can make carbon dioxide escape into your home as well. Your home heating system should be efficient enough to vent carbon monoxide off through either an exhaust fan or chimney. In case the chimney becomes blocked or the exhaust fan breaks down, the gas is likely to leak into your home.

How do I detect gas line leakage?

Southwest Gas has a great article about the warning signs of a natural gas leak, which you can find here. One of the most obvious signs of a gas line leak is the rotten egg smell in your home. However, the scary thing about gas line leakage is that you can’t always smell it!

Here’s how you can tell if there is a gas leak without smelling it:

  • A bright blue flame from your stove indicates a possible gas leak.
  • If the pilot light of any of your appliances blows out, then it indicates a leak.
  • Look out for extra condensation on the glass surfaces or windows.
  • Look out for a stale smell in the air.
  • If the external areas of your appliances have black scorched areas, then they may be leaking gas into your home.

How do I prevent gas line leakage?

Your best defense is through your appliances. Make sure they are properly installed and regularly maintained. Deer Valley Plumbing recommends installing a carbon monoxide alarm in your home!

If you smell natural gas in your home, act fast:

  • Turn the gas supply off at your gas meter. You can find the gas regulating valve perpendicularly connected to your pipe.
  • Open all the doors and windows to let the fresh air enter your home. This will disperse the carbon monoxide gas and ensure proper airflow.
  • If windows cannot be opened for any reason, go outside to inhale the fresh air.
  • Don’t use any electrical appliance or switch while you aerate your home to avoid causing an explosion.

Gas Line Leakage in your home?

If you think there is a gas leak in your home and you live in the Central-Arizona/Phoenix area, just stop whatever you’re doing and call 911 or contact Southwest Gas at 1-877-860-6020. If you have any questions about gas or are planning on getting it for yourself, let us know how we can help! We are available 24/7 with teams all over the Valley available to help in any emergency. With the right plumbing methods and resources, our professional plumbers will be better able to locate and resolve gas leaks without risking your safety. (602) 832-8418