In the USA, natural gas is one of the most widely used forms of energy production. More than 177 million Americans receive natural gas through transmission pipelines. It is popularly used for cooking and heating in households.
However, if there is a gas leak in your home it could lead to an explosion that can have devastating effects: the destruction of your home, injuring people in the surrounding areas and claiming lives in the house.
Be prepared to deal with a gas line pipe leakage; always contact a local emergency plumber like Ram Plumbing Inc. when you suspect a leak.
How Can You Detect Gas Leaks?
- A hissing sound from gas line pipes
When the gas pipe connection is loose, it can lead to a crack. It can also lead to unfastening of the gas line cap, allowing the gas to escape from the pipe. Because of this, there is a distinct blowing or hissing sound.
- A smell of rotten eggs
Natural gas is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. Therefore, to make the leakage of this gas detectable, companies generally add mercaptan, a foul-smelling but otherwise harmless substance to it. Mercaptan contains sulfur, which smells like rotten egg. So, when you get such a smell in your house, you know that there is a gas leak.
- Ignition of flames
If there is a gas leakage, it will cause fire outbreak if the gas finds a source of ignition such as an electrical spark.
- Bubbling or dust blowing from the ground
Natural gas is lighter than air. Due to this reason, it tends to rise higher. So, if you happen to see bubbles surfacing on the ground or dust blowing from the ground, it is probably from a leak in the underground gas line pipe.
- Installation of natural gas detectors
It is a good idea to install natural gas detectors in your property. These detectors alert you to the presence of not only natural gas but other types of combustible gases as well such as propane, methane and butane.
How Gas Lines Are Repaired
A gas mask and gloves are worn before any repair work. The inhalation of natural gas is harmful for your respiratory system. This is why it is always best to depend on professionals.
2. Take off the covers and turn off the gas
Gas lines are generally wrapped in covers, which we need to remove first to get better access to the gas pipes underneath. It is also essential to turn off the gas. If the gas continues to leak from the broken pipe, it could lead to hazardous consequences. So, it is safer to turn it off before you start repairing.
3. Disconnect the gas line
A gas leak basically occurs due to high-pressure building inside the pipe. To access the line with high pressure, we must detach the low-pressure gas line from the gas regulator. This will enable us to focus solely on the high-pressure line.
4. Clean the gas residues
The gas line with high pressure will be lined with residues. To relieve the pipe, we need to remove the residues. Wrenches are used to crack the line fittings in the high-pressure line.
5. Rinse and scuff
We need to clean the high-pressure line thoroughly with acetone to remove any impurities which could cause leaks in the future. Then, using sandpaper, scuff the surface of the line to even it out.
6. Reinstall the gas lines and cover the leaks
We re-attach the high-pressure gas line but not too tightly as that can lead to new points of leakage. Next, we cover the previous leaks with a rubber tape to ensure that the high-pressure gas line does not interfere with the low-pressure gas line, and make sure that it is angled properly.
Epoxy is applied on the gas line with high pressure and left on overnight so that it forms a firm hold. Then, we must tighten the fittings on the line. We may also, consider reinstalling a low-pressure gas line.
7. Have the lines tested
To check if the repairing has been successful, we need to turn on the gas and find if there are any leaks. Repeat the process if gas leaks are detected in the line.
8. Put the Covers
After everything is done, we put the covers on the gas pipes, so they will provide further protection against gas line leaks in the future.
For gas line repair and plumbing services, contact the best local plumber are without a doubt helpful in times of emergency. It is essential to get in touch with professionals who have a sound knowledge and experience with gas line installation and gas line repair so that they can fix leaks in your gas line system when needed.
Ram Plumbing Inc. has been providing professional plumbing in Tucson, Arizona since 1983. We are pros at gas line repair and replacement services. Plus, we are available 24/7 and can help with any plumbing emergency. For more details or to request a FREE estimate, get in touch with the professionals today at (520) 747-8089