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Few things are more frightening to a home owner than to find out you have a gas leak. It’s true that water and sewage leaks can seriously damage the structural integrity of a home, as well as cause health issues. Gas leaks, on the other hand are on an entirely different level.
What to do if you suspect you have a gas leak.
If you smell gas in or around your home, that is a good reason to suspect you may have a leak.
Step 1 – Turn off the gas at the meter. A crescent wrench works just fine, most of the time, as does a gas shut off tool. Gas shut off tools can be purchased at most hardware/home improvement stores for a few dollars, and is well worth the purchase.
Step 1a – If you cannot turn off the gas to your home, call PG&E to do it for you. Their 24 hour emergency number is 1-800-PGE-5000.
Step 2 – Call a reputable plumbing company who offers gas leak detection and location services.
Do not call your handyman/fix it guy to try to locate and fix a gas leak. You need someone who can insure your leak is found and fixed, and that no leaks remain that could endanger your home or your life. A handyman is not qualified to do that.
A professional plumber, experienced in locating gas leaks will first use whatever tools/equipment needed to find the actual cause and location of the leak. Sometimes this can be a simple process, relying on the plumber’s expertise more than anything else. Other times, electronic equipment may be required.
Once the leak is found, a plan can be created to repair the leak. The most important part of the entire process is that, when the leak is repaired, the entire line should be put under test to ensure no other leaks are present. This can actually take longer than the repair, in some cases, but it is essential.
One more thing to consider is that, depending on the repair, permits may need to be pulled, and the work inspected by a city inspector. This not only gives you the peace of mind of knowing that the job was done legally and to code, but it is illegal to have work done that requires permits without them.
If you follow these steps, you should have no problem with safely managing the situation and should have your home nice and safe again in no time… and if you want a dedicated, professional company who is qualified to do an excellent job of taking care of your gas leak detection as well as the repairs, give Gogo Rooter a call.