What are the signs of a gas leak in your home?
If you’ve had a gas line break in or near your home, it’s very likely there is a gas leak. Gas leaks make gas lines dangerous for you and your family. If you smell a rotten egg odor in the house, this is usually a sign the gas is leaking.
Gas leaks are extremely dangerous and need to be repaired as soon as possible. To tell if you have a gas leak in the house, stay alert to these signs:
- Rotten egg smell: Natural gas is odorless. Gas companies combine it with the chemical mercaptan, which gives off the rotten egg odor so the gas can be detected.
- Dead plants: If you notice dead plants inside or outside of your some, it’s possible you have a gas leak.
- Feeling unwell: Gas leaks may cause sensations of nausea or dizziness, headaches or trouble breathing, memory loss or drowsiness or irritated eyes or throat.
- Orange rather than blue flames: Flames on properly functioning appliances like gas stoves should be blue. If they are orange or yellow, it’s likely a gas leak.
- Bubbles in water near gas line: If you see bubbles in any water near gas lines, the gas could be leaking into it.
- Hissing: If you hear hissing noises it’s possible there’s a gas leak in the gas lines.
If you expect a gas leak is present, you should call a gas-line licensed master plumber for gas line repair. Call 708-934-4115 to get immediate help from the team at Emergency Sewer and Drain Experts when there is a gas leak.
Who fixes gas leaks?
Because of the real danger of explosion, if you have a gas leak, it’s best never to attempt fixing gas lines yourself. In many cases it’s actually illegal for an unlicensed individual to fix a gas line. When you have a leak and need gas line repair, you should hire a gas-line certified master plumber. A professional gas plumber is well trained to repair, as well as install, gas lines. Gas line plumbers, like those at Emergency Sewer and Drain Experts, are also insured.
Although gas companies have trained technicians to repair gas lines, they will rarely repair leaks on meters that do not belong to them.
If you suspect you have a gas leak, open the doors and windows to air the home out, and to turn off your gas appliances. Before you call one of our plumbers, you’ll want to call either the gas company or fire department to shut off the gas flow to the house. Once the gas is shut off the plumber can safely go inside the house to make the gas line repair.
How do they fix a gas leak?
Before a gas line repair is made, the gas must be shut off, and the source of the leak must be found. Once the source of the leak is found, the outer covers of the gas line are removed to expose the gas pipes and the lines are detached. Residue is cleaned from the lines and pipes and then the line is usually replaced.
How do plumbers find gas leaks?
Once the plumber arrives to make the gas line repair, they will ask some basic questions to narrow down where the leak is coming from. The plumber will then test the gas lines to find the leak. An air pressure test could be applied. One of the most common tests is the soap solution test in which the plumber soaps down exposed fittings for a bubble test. If the soap bubbles at the fitting, the leak has been located. In some cases the lines in the walls may need to be accessed or the plumber may need to excavate underground lines.
If repair work requires us locate a leak behind a wall, you may need to perform interior wall repair, and possibly exterior siding repair, after the line has been fixed.
How much does it cost to repair a gas line?
Costs for gas line repair will vary, depending on the severity of the leak. The average cost ranges between $120 to $1,300. In most cases gas lines are usually replaced. Much of the cost will depend on the labor charges and the materials used. The costs to run gas lines to house averages about $500. It cost between $15 to $25 per linear foot for a gas line, depending on the materials and labor. If you need gas lines repaired in Oak Park, Il we are the affordable company you can rely on.
Gas line installation
From repairing leaks to installing gas lines in Oak Park, Il we are the team to call. Our plumbers have the expertise and experience to get the job done right every time. If need emergency repairs or want to schedule an installation service give us a call at 708-934-4115.