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What Homeowners Should Know About Gas Line Leaks

 

Common Gas Line Problems

A gas line leak can be a cause for serious concern. Not only are gas line leaks capable of catching fire, but they can also cause serious health issues if you’re inhaling gas for long periods of time. While leak detection should always be handled by experts, it’s still important for homeowners to know how to detect these issues and protect the home. In this article, plumbing experts describe what a gas line is, how a gas line like can occur, and what you can do to prevent a leak.

How the Gas Line Works

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A gas line is a hose or pipe that connects to gas-run appliances in your house so that the appliance is able to run. There is one main gas line for your house, then branch lines run to separate appliances so that they can use the gas. The mechanism comes with a shut-off valve in case you need to shut off the gas, such as when you are in need of repairs.

A gas line almost always used to power your oven, unless you use an electric hot plate model instead. The line is also used for gas water heaters. Gas lines are also often used to power fireplaces, even with the presence of wood. Some pools are also kept warm using gas.

Signals of a Gas Leak

Gas leaks commonly originate from the point where appliances are connected. The seals connecting the gas line piping to the appliances are susceptible to corroding or wearing out over time. If this happens, a gas leak is likely to follow. Gas leaks are also likely to happen because of piping problems. Pipes are bound to start eroding as time goes on, making it more likely they will start leaking. This is more likely to happen in older homes that have not replaced their piping.

Appliances that aren’t working correctly are likely to release carbon dioxide, which is essentially the same as a leak. The heating systems of homes also give off carbon dioxide, but this is usually swept away by the exhaust fan in the heating unit. If the fan is not working, then the house might start filling up with carbon dioxide. This is especially troublesome because carbon dioxide doesn’t smell, so you can’t tell it is spreading.

Preventing Gas Leaks

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The simplest way to prevent gas leaks is to do a regular inspection of the gas line where you can see it. Regular inspections can help you see where there might be a problem area before it becomes a big issue. You can also schedule regular pipe cleaning to prevent your pipes from experiencing buildup, which causes them to break down faster and leads to leaks.

To make sure you keep yourself safe, install a carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if you have high levels of gas in your home. It is also a good idea to check the safety report of your installed appliances to make sure that they were installed correctly.

If they weren’t, have a professional come and check to make sure you are not in danger of a leak. If you are, they can fix the problem for you on the spot.

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