If natural gas is the fuel source for your home’s heat and appliances, it is essential to maintain them and the gas lines in good working order. When gas line’s, valves or fittings age or deteriorate, leaks can occur. A leak is not only dangerous to the members of your household, it can also affect the performance of the heat or appliances. Contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing to schedule gas line repair in Arlington, Texas.
Problems with a gas line can result in any of the following:
- The most noticeable sign of a leak is the rotten egg odor of gas.
- Poor performance and efficiency or non-working appliances and the heating system.
Gas is highly flammable and explosive, for these reasons do not attempt to provide gas line installation, or gas line repair in Arlington, Texas yourself.
It is important to recognize a gas leak, familiarize yourself and all family members with the following:
Recognizing a Natural Gas Leak
Outdoors, a natural gas leak may have the appearance of a white cloud or mist. Vegetation may be moving as if the wind was blowing, and if exposed to natural gas will wither and die. Furthermore, an underground gas leak can cause bubbles in standing water, or blow dust and debris into the air.
Mercaptan is an odorant added to naturally odor free natural gas, to impart the smell of rotten eggs, alerting you of a leak.
The sound of a gas leak may be roaring, hissing, or a whistling noise. Sound is typically a component with large leaks.
If you suspect a gas leak:
- Evacuate the building immediately
- Do not use a phone or cell phone
- Never smoke or use an open flame
- Do not turn any switches or appliances on or off
- Call 911 and your gas provider when you are safely away from your home
If you see any of these signs of a gas leak, contact a Benjamin Franklin Plumbing plumber to provide gas leak detection and gas line repair in Arlington, Texas.
Common causes of a gas leak is age and wear. Periodically examine the visible gas lines in your home for deterioration. The signs you may see include corrosion, and cracking of fittings. In addition, be cautious when moving appliances such as a gas stove. Pushing it too far back may result in damage to the gas line. An additional cause of problems is a poor installation. This is why you should hire only a qualified, licensed plumber for gas line installation, replacement and gas line repair in Arlington, Texas.
Routine maintenance for gas using appliances is essential. Ben Franklin will install the gas service you require, and will provide inspection, maintenance, installation and repair for your gas water heater.
Gas Leak Detection
Ben Franklin plumbers in Arlington, Texas offers gas leak detection. While not common, problems can develop in any gas using equipment, including the gas water heater. The following signs indicate a problem with the water heater, and the need for appliance repair and/or gas line repair in Arlington by a qualified licensed professional plumber:
- Soot or scorched areas indicate repair is needed.
- An orange or yellow flame indicates the need for a Ben Franklin plumber to provide water heater repair and/or gas line repair in Arlington, Texas. A natural gas flame should burn a bright blue color.
- Pilot light failure indicates the need for water heater repair.
Call Before You Dig
Damage to a natural gas line can cause an explosion or fire. If you are planning a project that involves digging, trenching, or excavating, call 8-1-1 or your gas supplier two weeks before you begin the project.
Gas Line Installation
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing offers professional gas line installation in addition to gas line repair in Arlington, Texas. Our plumbers off reliable services and excellence in service. Whether you need gas line installation for a furnace, grill, stoves, fire pit, fireplace, water heater, gas lighting or other needs, our professional plumbers are ready to assist you.
The proper installation of a gas line requires knowledge, training, experience and compliance with standard gas code and installation. Ensure you hire only a licensed, qualified plumber for gas line installation, and gas line repair in Arlington, Texas. Maintenance helps to ensure the safe operation of gas appliances. For example, the gas water heater should receive maintenance annually. When your home is located in a hard water region, flushing it helps to maintain performance, efficiency and extends the lifespan. Scheduling routine maintenance with a plumber provides an inspection by a licensed professional plumber. The services provided include ensuring the gas pressure is properly adjusted, and the burner is clean and in good condition, for example. During maintenance, if the plumber finds a developing problem, repair can be provided on the spot, rather than waiting until the water heater fails.
All home’s should have smoke detectors, and home’s with one or more gas appliances should also have carbon monoxide detectors. The standard recommendation is to install at least one on each floor, and one in each sleeping area of the home and in hallways. Carbon monoxide is undetectable to the human senses. Only a carbon monoxide detector can provide the warning you need. Finally, test both carbon monoxide and smoke detectors monthly and change the batteries every 6 months with quality batteries.
If you suspect a natural gas leak, don’t delay, contact 911, your gas supplier, and our licensed plumbers for prompt gas line repair in Arlington, Texas. Our plumbers serve Arlington, Fort Worth and the surrounding areas. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.