Natural Gas Leaks - Common Causes, What to Do, and Preventative Maintenance
09 May 2023
We all know what it’s like to walk into a room and smell that lingering odor, a harmless chemical called Mercaptan, bringing attention to the presence of gas. Natural gas leaks can be a serious safety hazard in the home and can cause severe fires and explosions. It is important to know the common causes of natural gas leaks, what to do if there is a leak in your home, and how to prevent them from occurring in the first place.
Common Causes of Natural Gas Leaks
The most common causes of natural gas leaks are faulty or aging pipes, improper installation of appliances, and corrosion. Faulty or aging pipes can develop cracks or holes, causing gas to be released into the area. Improper installation of appliances such as stoves or water heaters can also cause natural gas leaks if they are not properly connected or sealed. Corrosion can also cause pipes to weaken over time and eventually lead to a leak.
What To Do If There Is A Natural Gas Leak In Your Home
If you suspect that there is a natural gas leak in your home, it’s important to take immediate action. Call your local gas company’s 24/7 emergency line to request immediate response.
The best way to avoid a natural gas leak in your home is through preventative maintenance. Have an experienced technician not only do the install, but also inspect your appliances regularly for signs of wear and tear that could lead to a leak. Make sure that all connections between appliances and their fuel lines are secure and properly sealed with no gaps or cracks where natural gas could escape into the air. Additionally, have an experienced plumber inspect your pipes regularly for signs of corrosion or damage that could lead to a leak over time. Before you perform any digging for tree or shrub maintenance, call 811. 811 is a “Call before you dig” number for Colorado and is an important set before performing lawn maintenance. Roots from plants can get gnarled around gas lines and other utility lines in the ground. You may unknowingly cause a gas leak with the performance of such work.
Keep yourself and your family safe by handling natural gas situations with attentiveness and care. Prevention and knowing what to do if a natural gas leak were to occur is a great step to preventing dangerous fire damages and personal injury.