Did you know that 61 percent of homes in the United States rely on natural gas for their energy needs? Natural gas technology — a time-tested innovation spanning centuries — has woven its way into the fabric of our daily lives, thanks to the essential infrastructure developed over generations. It’s a cornerstone of the comfort and convenience we often take for granted.
However, just because something is well-understood doesn’t mean it’s perfect. When something goes wrong with your gas lines, it can present serious hazards for you and your family.
Increased utility bills, the stench of rotten eggs and the unfortunate potential of explosion are all possible consequences of gas line issues. The team here at DrainWorks is looking to do everything we can to provide access to top-of-the-line gas line plumbing when the community of San Antonio needs it most.
Gas line issues can be hard to detect, which makes them particularly dangerous due to the potential for fire and explosion. With the safety of our customers being our top priority, we want to make sure that we provide access to the resources that will allow you to easily identify the signs of a gas problem so you’re never unsure when to call a gas line plumber.
Your nose is almost always your first line of defense when it comes to detecting gas leaks. While natural gas is odorless in its natural state, the vast majority of natural gas in use in homes has been treated with a chemical that gives it its notorious sulfurous, rotten egg smell.
As long as you’ve been practicing good food storage techniques and you don’t live near an active volcano, the smell of rotten eggs should always warrant an inspection of your gas lines.
If the smell has failed to alert you of a gas leak, sound is another one of the obvious indicators that something might be wrong. If you hear a hissing or whistling near any gas line or gas-powered appliance, it’s important that you shut off your main gas lines and check those connections immediately.
Gas leaks don’t always contain themselves inside the home and it’s possible for the lines that run underneath your yard to become damaged and leak. Fortunately, natural gas is lighter than air so it tends to not stick around.
But it does have the ability to create a noxious environment for all plant life on its way up! If you notice plants dying without reason, it’s probably best to have your plumbing’s gas lines inspected.
If you know what to look for, the pilot lights in your gas furnace can tell you a lot about the health of your gas system. A pilot light should be light blue with a steady core.
A yellow, flickering flame or unstable flame might be a sign of a gas line issue. This means the natural gas is not burning as efficiently as it should, potentially leading to a leak.
When you’re looking for an expert licensed plumber for gas line services and want to ensure that your home is being worked on by some of the best in the business, you can’t go wrong calling DrainWorks for all your gas line needs.
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