Natural gas offers a clean, efficient fuel source for heating, hot water heaters, cooking and gas log fireplaces. Approximately fifty percent of U.S. homes heat their homes with natural gas. Natural gas is a relatively safe choice when gas lines, the home’s HVAC system and other natural gas appliances are installed and maintained properly. However, homeowners using natural gas need to be aware that natural gas leaks are extremely dangerous. When gas leaks occur, it is essential to take the right steps even before gas line repair in Sugar Land is provided.
You want your family and home to be safe from the dangers of natural gas, and that is why you should only entrust gas line installation and/or gas line repair in Sugar Land to a professional gas certified, and licensed plumber. A gas leak is an emergency with the greatest risks being suffocation or explosion. The most common sign of a natural gas leak is its sulfuric, rotten egg odor.
Natural Gas Leak Safety
- Evacuate all occupants to a safe location before calling 911
- Don’t try to locate the source of the leak, leave it to the professionals
- Don’t operate light switches, telephones, appliances or garage door openers. It only takes a tiny spark to ignite natural gas.
- Don’t use an open flame, matches or lighters and do not smoke
- Don’t start automobiles or motorcycles parked in the area. If gas is in the area it can ignite an explosion or fire
⦁ Don’t try to shut off any natural gas valves
- Don’t attempt to provide gas line repair in Sugar Land yourself
Signs of a Natural Gas Leak
- A sulfuric or rotten egg odor
- Dead, dying or discolored vegetation in an otherwise green area
- Dirt, leaves or dust blowing into the air
- Bubbling in wet or flooded areas
- Blowing, rushing, roaring or hissing sound
- Flames, if a leak has ignited Natural Gas Safety
- Use a gas certified licensed plumber for gas line repair and installation.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home, near bedrooms and at least one on each floor.
- If you detect the sulfuric odor of rotten eggs evacuate all occupants immediately, call 911 and contact your gas utility company. If you smell the odor outside the home, leave the area. Go to a neighbor’s home, or a safe distance away to use your cell phone.
- Have the appropriate tradesperson provide an annual inspection of the vents, flues, and chimneys of all gas water heaters, furnaces, and fireplaces to ensure proper ventilation of exhaust gases.
- Never use a gas oven for heat. This can damage the oven and cause carbon monoxide to accumulate in the home. Always use the exhaust vent hood fan when operating a gas stove.
- Never sleep in a room heated by a gas or kerosene space heater without proper ventilation. This includes camp style heaters and cook stoves intended for outdoor use.
- Never use a grill of any kind in the home, garage or basement.
Call ahead for marking of utility lines for any planned yard work requiring excavation. If a natural gas line is damaged when digging outside, call the utility immediately. Do not attempt to provide gas line repair in Sugar Land leave it to a professional.
Remember, natural gas leaks are dangerous. Evacuate the home, call 911, and your gas provider. Once the gas is shut off contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing’s licensed plumbers for natural gas line installation or gas line repair in Sugar Land. Our professionals serve Katy, Houston and the surrounding areas. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.