Gas Line Repair
According to census data, about half the homes in the country use natural gas for heating, water heating, or cooking. Homeowners in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area know that natural gas is the efficient and affordable option for heating during the cold Minnesota wintertime. While this is a popular and safe choice to fill many needs in your home, it also carries a potential hazard if the gas lines and appliances are not maintained and repaired by a licensed plumber. At Paul Bunyan Plumbing And Drains, our experts are here to take the stress and fear out of any gas line concerns or issues that might arise in your home.
Gas Line Leaks
Much like the water lines in your home, the pipes carrying natural gas or propane to your heating system, water heater, and the oven can develop a leak or become damaged. And when either of these occurs, there is the potential for serious health concerns and even an explosion. To alert occupants of a home of a gas leak, the provider adds a harmless chemical to create a sulfur or rotten egg odor. If you notice that unmistakable smell in your home, evacuate immediately and call 612-340-1444 for emergency gas line repair.
Signs Of A Gas Leak
In addition to the odor associated with a natural gas leak, there are other signs that you might notice around your home to indicate that there is cause for concern. Some of the other signs include:
- A hissing or whistling sound coming from a gas line or in a wall that contains a gas line
- A white or light grey cloud around exposed gas lines
- Damage to the pipe or a fitting on the gas line
- Bubbles on the gas line if it is in a moist environment
- Dead houseplants
There are also many symptoms that you could experience or notice in other household members if you are exposed to a gas leak in your home. These symptoms include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Drowsiness or fatigue
- Feeling lightheaded
- Persistent headache
- Eye, nose, and throat irritation
- Chest pain or tightness
- Reduced appetite
Symptoms can also present in your domestic pets. Watch for signs of:
- Breathing difficulties
- Change in mood, behavior, or activity level
- Coughing or the appearance of a sore throat
- Red or watery eyes
If you see any of these symptoms, evacuate your home immediately. Only call for help once everyone is safely away from the house. Leave doors and windows open if possible to allow the gas to dissipate. If the gas shut-off is accessible from outside your home, turn it off. However, you should never re-enter your home until it has been inspected by a professional and deemed safe for you and your loved ones.
Call 612-340-1444 any time you suspect a gas leak in your home. The Paul Bunyan Plumbing And Drain licensed experts will arrive promptly to begin the inspection process and any repairs needed to return your home to the safe sanctuary that you deserve.