Not all plumbing services are licensed for gas line repair, but our master plumbers are. That’s because it’s more than a matter of keeping you and your family safe — gas leaks can put neighbors at risk too. Fortunately appliance and gas line leaks are rare. But if you suspect you have a gas leak you can reach us any time 24/7 for expert leak detection and professional repairs. We can also take care of gas line replacements and new gas line installation.
Signs You Have A Gas Leak
Natural gas itself is odorless, but the hazards of gas leaks leading to explosions or suffocation are great enough that the gas company adds a special odorant that smells like rotten eggs. A hissing sound but no water spray is also a give-away. Other symptoms include a cold pipe or even frost (every type of gas cools down if a leak reduces its pressure). You may notice lower pressure at a gas stove. If there’s a problem in the line leading to your home or business it could cause dead or unhealthy-looking landscaping.
If you clearly have a gas leak, leave the area immediately and call 911. Do not turn off lights or appliances (that can cause an ignition spark). Likewise don’t unplug or plug in anything. Also, don’t loose possibly valuable time opening windows, and don’t call from within a closed space. And of course no smoking or open flames. You can use the main shut off valve, but only if it’s located a safe distance from where you found the leak.
Otherwise you can give us a call and we’ll send a leak detection expert out right away.
Gas Line Repairs
Gas leak repairs are usually inexpensive. They’re often caused by old seals or gaskets, which can be quickly replaced. The same goes for flex-lines at water heaters, dryers, and stoves. Loose fittings and connections are easily tightened. With our gas leak repair, detection, and isolation experts we can quickly and affordably take care of any of these problems.
But on rare occasions gas lines are themselves the culprit, typically in older buildings. Black iron pipe is often used in construction to save money. That’s fine above ground, but moisture can lead to corrosion and that can in turn lead to anything from a pinhole leak to a pipe rupture. Spot repairs mean opening holes in walls, floors, or ceilings in the building and digging for underground lines outdoors. If a line inspection shows that the gas pipes are in poor condition it may well be time for a gas line replacement.
Gas Line Installation
Our master plumbers are trained and experienced in gas line installation and replacement. They put safety first with best-practices, outstanding workmanship and top-quality materials. We’ll take out any necessary permits and make sure that everything’s up to code and can be expected to last for decades. And of course we stand behind our work before and after city inspections.
We’re ready to run a new line to replace an old one, or new lines for adding gas fixtures such as fireplaces, bar-b-ques, fire pits, pool heaters, dryers, and stoves. If you’re adding tankless water heaters (or sometimes when upgrading the size of a furnace or hot water heater) you may need us to increase the size and capacity of even your main gas line. Or when buying, selling, or remodeling you may need to bring your lines up to current building codes.
Today gas lines have the option of PE (polyethylene pipe) or CSST (corrugated stainless-steel tubing). They’re both long lasting and less expensive to install plain or coated black iron pipe. You also now have more options to avoid digging. Trenchless gas line replacement methods include pipe lining, pipe bursting, boring, and directional drilling.