Gas Line Repair Arlington
Natural gas is a common source of efficient energy, and problems are typically uncommon. However, there are potential hazards of the gas, suffocation, explosion, and fire. Due to the inherent dangers associated with natural gas, it is essential that gas installation and gas line repair in Arlington is performed only by a qualified licensed plumber. You and your family’s lives may depend on the knowledge and training, experience and attention to detail of these professionals.
You can rely on the services of a Benjamin Franklin Plumbing expert for all of your gas services including gas line repair in Arlington.
The Hazards of Natural Gas
Carbon Monoxide (CO2) Poisoning – Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that can quickly overcome you, especially persons who are sleeping. It is invisible, odorless, tasteless, and does not irritate. This is why it is called the silent killer, as it is almost impossible to detect without a Carbon monoxide detector.
Small leaks can poison you slowly over time, causing flu-like symptoms, as well as chest pains, difficulty breathing, headaches and dizziness. A frequent complaint is a headache that goes away when you leave your home, and reoccurs when you return. Any home or business utilizing natural gas or other fossil fuels should always have Co2 detectors.
To reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning:
- Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home, with one on each floor, and near all bedrooms.
- Provide an annual inspection for damage and blockage of the vents, flues, and chimneys of gas water heaters, furnaces, and fireplaces, and gas dryers for proper ventilation of exhaust.
- Never use a gas oven to heat your home, damage can result to the appliance. When cooking on a gas stove, operate the exhaust fan, as a gas stove is not vented.
- Do not use a gas or kerosene space heater without proper ventilation.
- Do not operate a generator in an indoor, enclosed, or partially enclosed space. They should be located outdoors.
- Never use a charcoal or gas grill in your home or garage
- Never operate a vehicle or motorcycle inside a garage with the garage door shut. Open the door before starting to allow CO and other toxic gases to exhaust.
Gas Line Leaks – Gas leaks are rare, but are extremely dangerous when they occur. When natural gas accumulates in an enclosed area, the dangers are suffocating, explosion, and/or fire. Gas leaks can also occur outside the home from leaking gas lines or the gas meter, and are as dangerous as indoor leaks. The signs of a gas leak are:
- An outdoor gas leak may blow leaves and/or debris into the air. Other signs of an outdoor gas leak include unseasonably dead or dying vegetation, bubbling in standing water, and a rotten egg smell.
- A hissing, roaring, blowing, or whistling sound may be audible. The sound is not always audible, dependent upon the location of the leak, and can occur indoors or out.
- The odor of rotten eggs may be noted indoors or out.
In addition, before digging outdoors or excavating, contact your local utility company to identify and mark the gas lines before digging begins, or call 811 for marking of utility lines.
If you notice any of these signs, call 911, and the gas provider. Once the provider has shut the gas off, contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing for gas line repair in Arlington.
In the Event of a Natural Gas Leak
Natural gas has a rotten egg odor. The odorant, mercaptan has been added to warn people of a leak. If you smell gas, do the following:
• Evacuate all occupants a safe distance away from the home, and call 911 and the gas company.
• Do not use a phone or cell phone until safely out of the house, and away from the smell of gas.
• Do not turn on or off any electrical appliances, or light switches.
• Do not smoke or use any open flame.
• Do not attempt to locate the gas leak.
• If a natural gas line is damaged due to digging or excavating outside, call your gas utility immediately. Do not attempt a gas line repair in Arlington.
Remember, to ensure you and your family’s safety, only use an experienced, licensed plumber for gas line installation, and gas line repair in Arlington.
Ensuring the proper installation of gas lines and appliances by a qualified, licensed plumber, and providing a periodic inspection of gas lines will assist in assuring your family’s safety. Remember, only a licensed, qualified plumber has the expertise to provide gas line repair in Arlington. Contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber today for gas leak detection, pressure testing, gas line repair in Arlington or to schedule a professional installation. Ben Franklin Plumbing serves Arlington, Fort Worth, and the surrounding areas. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.