Signs of a Gas Pipe Leak
If any of these signs of a gas pipe leak sounds familiar, you should be taking action immediately:
- Strange smell, such as rotten eggs or matches
- The sound of gas flowing where it shouldn’t
- Visible dust movement or other signs of a gas flow
- Dying houseplants or other plants
- Poor air quality symptoms, such as fatigue, headache, and respiratory issues
As it can be difficult to assess the severity of a gas leak, you shouldn’t assume your leak is small or irrelevant; the practice for any gas leak is to call emergency services or the utility company from outside of your home to minimize the risk of a spark from electrical devices igniting pooled gas. A trained inspector will be sent to assess the risk and can guide you on your next steps.
Why Repairing Even Minor Leaks Is Vital
Even the tiniest of gas leaks can be a major threat. Gas can pool in some circumstances, finding a good place to gather over time into a significant volume that can prove a threat. Even small amounts of gas can prove toxic to plants and have health effects for humans and pets, similar to other significant indoor air quality or pollution problems. Small leaks are also unlikely to stay small leaks if they’re unattended.
Gas is safe enough when properly handled — but DIY repairs of a gas pipe leak do not constitute proper handling and could put you, your family, even your neighbors in serious danger down the line. An improperly handled repair that holds up today might let loose later, or additional damage could occur in the process, or only part of the leak might be resolved. For these reasons, you should always entrust gas leaks to the proper professionals; there’s simply too much at stake to rely upon DIY solutions here.
When you need a gas line repaired, you can trust the team at Staggs Plumbing to deliver punctual, professional, reliable solutions to your problems. We’ll quickly identify every problem area in your gas lines and deliver a thorough repair and/or replacement of all problem areas, so you can trust your gas pipes again.
When you choose to work with Staggs for gas line repairs, you’ll benefit from:
- Over 30 years of excellence
- Free quotes
- A+ BBB rating
- Highly qualified and experienced plumbers
Everyone was very professional and did their best to accommodate any requests we had. They can in to fix a leaky kitchen sink and ended up helping us with 2 faucets, our tub, and a toilet handle. April and Nick were awesome!Aurora B.