The minute you suspect a gas leak you should immediately call a qualified plumber. A certified plumber who is fully insured and bonded will be able to safely identify the problem and carry out any necessary repairs.
However, before the plumber arrives to fix the gas leak there are a number of safety precautions that you should take to keep you and your family safe.
What to do About a Gas Leak?
The first sign of a gas leak in your home will be the smell of gas. Natural gas doesn’t have a smell, however, the odor is put into gas as a warning. It smells of rotten eggs and this helps you know that gas is leaking somewhere
As well as calling your plumber, you should also call your gas utility company. You should do this especially if you don’t know the source of the leak. They can also send out a qualified technician to evaluate the situation and switch off supply to your home if necessary.
Never switch on lights or other electrical equipment. Sometimes small sparks occur when you operate a light switch and that can be all that’s needed to ignite the gas.
The next step is to open all the windows in your home to make sure that any gas can escape and you can get fresh air in the house. Until the plumber or the gas utility company arrives you should evacuate the house.
It isn’t advisable to try to locate the source of the gas leak yourself as this could expose you to dangerous fumes. Also, don’t try to switch off the mains supply yourself because you could create a spark and ignite the gas.
Usually, a qualified plumber is the best person to fix pipe-based gas leaks.
How to Prevent Gas Leaks
It is always much better to prevent a gas leak than try to fix one. Therefore, preventative maintenance is a must if you have gas appliances in your home.
Check connections regularly
You should perform semi-annual checks on all the gas connections in your home. A qualified plumber who is licensed for gas services will have the necessary equipment to check for gas leaks.
Use only licensed professionals
Never attempt to repair gas appliances or pipes yourself. It is much better to entrust that work to the professionals. They can also recommend how to properly care for gas appliances and identify any issues that need to be addressed in your home.