Gas lines are crucial to most households. Whether you live in an apartment or own your home, you need an uninterrupted supply of natural gas. Gas is used to run water heaters, kitchen appliances, ovens, fireplaces, and so much more. Like any system in your home, gas lines require occasional maintenance, repairs, and regular inspections. It’s best to schedule an inspection annually.
Why Perform Gas Line Inspections?
Natural gas is highly combustible and flammable. The slightest spark during a leak can cause a fire or explosion. Even a small gas leak can lead to such devastating effects. Furthermore, gas is hazardous to breathe. If a gas leak is not discovered promptly and handled appropriately, you’ll not only find your gas bill rising each month, but the adverse health effects will become immediately noticeable. To prevent such occurrences, inspections should be performed regularly. Even the smallest nick in the line can be caught early and repaired.
Testing for Gas Leaks
When hired to test for a gas leak and perform an inspection, your plumber will use a special pressure gauge to test the entire system. If there are any leaks – big or small – this device will find them. Next, air is pumped into the gas system and piping to determine whether there is a fault in the line or a leak. If the gauge remains still, there are no leaks. If the dial is moving, however, you likely have a leak that requires immediate attention.
Leaks are not to be trifled with. Without the proper experience and equipment, you should never attempt to repair gas lines yourself. Leave the task to the professionals who are trained thoroughly to handle such situations!