A gas leak. It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare. Any plumbing problem is cause for concern, but a gas leak is cause for serious alarm. An open flame, a stray spark, a freak accident and BOOM. Your house could go up in flames.
At Boydco Plumbing, we know what needs to be done when there’s a gas leak in a home. If you suspect you have a leak in your home, follow these steps to protect yourself and give us a call.
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The Warning Signs Of A Gas Leak
If you smell rotten eggs inside or outside of your home, that’s a major warning sign that you have a gas leak. Not all leaks will be detectable by smell. Sometimes the only way you’ll know there’s a leak in a home is the effect it could have on you. If you notice any of these symptoms coming on strong when you’re at home, you could have a serious problem:
- Irregular Breathing
If you experience any of these symptoms while indoors and they don’t let up, that is a serious red flag. One last thing to look out for: Keep an eye on your landscape. If your bushes or grass suddenly change color to a brown or rust-colored shade, that could be a sign that the underground gas pipes are leaking.
What To Do
First things first: Leave the area immediately. Do not use an automated door or turn on or off any electric switches, thermostats or appliance controls. From a safe place call 911 and Southwest Gas at 1-877-860-6020 immediately, day or night. A Southwest Gas representative will be there as soon as possible. Do not smoke or use lighters or matches.
Any kind of electrical activity, no matter how minor, could spark and cause a fire. Keep a flashlight on hand in case of emergencies like this. Do not try to repair the leaky pipe yourself or shut off your gas or circuit breakers.
Most important of all: Do not light ANY fires if you suspect there’s a leak. That includes cigarettes, pilot lights, any kind of flame at all. Even the tiniest of fires could ignite a leak. Please keep in mind that gas is extremely dangerous and that is why it is so important to always use a licensed and bonded contractor for any gas line you are adding to or taking away from your home. The city you reside in requires permits to be pulled for any line addition or change. Only a licensed contractor can give the necessary information to the city planning and development department in your area. Once a line is changed the city will do an inspection to make sure that the changes are in line with the gas code and that it is safe.
The safety of your family is very important to all of us at Boydco Plumbing. That is why we only use certified gas technicians. We are also proud to be a part of Southwest Gas’s contractor referral program. Please call our office at 602-335-0323 if you have any questions.