Despite its risk, why do professionals and homeowners alike still choose gas over electricity? Because natural gas is a versatile form of energy. Here are some of the appliances where you can use natural gas:
- Stove ranges
- Water heaters
- Pool heaters
- Hot tub heaters
Natural Gas Safety Tips from Professional Plumbers
Proper handling of natural gas is necessary because despite the benefits mentioned above, it is still a very dangerous substance. When using natural gas, it is important to keep an eye of these things:
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Gas leaks
Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the potential dangers of natural gas. This substance is a by-product of gas when burned. The normal process involves the carbon monoxide being carried out through the exhaust system, however, in some cases, there are factors causing the release of carbon monoxide into the air that you inhale.
The flickering of your appliance’ pilot light. Once you notice that your gas-powered appliance has a flickering pilot light, there might be an excessive carbon monoxide. This prevents the light from burning fully and displaces the released oxygen.
Check your exhaust vent for an accumulation of soot around it. The backflow of carbon monoxide when there is an obstruction in the exhaust vent causes this.
Check for excessive build-up of excessive moisture in windows and walls.
Ensure that you have a carbon monoxide detector in your home and double check if it is working. The problem with carbon monoxide is, unlike natural gas, it has no odor additive, therefore, you won’t be able to detect its presence through smell. In order for you to detect this is through a properly functioning CO2 — this inexpensive gadget will save you and your family from any untoward carbon monoxide accident.
Gas leaks, on the other hand, are caused by faulty appliances, improper installation, or man-made incidents. Gas leaks are a major potential danger, therefore, it is beneficial for you to be aware of the signs of gas leaks such as:
The smell of rotten eggs. Naturally, gas is originally odorless making it hardly noticeable, so to address this, gas companies added an odor additive.
Are you seeing dead plants near the gas line? Then one of your gas-fueled plumbing appliances are probably having gas leakage. This happens when natural gas escapes from the pipe lines, it automatically kills the plants near it. Call a professional plumber immediately the moment you see dead plants near the pipeline.
You can hear hissing noises from your appliances. Plumbing appliances that are properly working do not have this noise. If one of them has its gas leaking, then you will be able to hear a hissing sound near it, its gas escaping the pipeline.
It is important that you gas valve is shut off immediately upon suspecting a gas leak and it is much important to leave your home immediately and call 911 for injuries if there are any. Call Plumbers 911 so we can fix the gas leak and restore safety back in your home.
Do Not Attempt To Repair a Gas Line by Yourself
Leave the gas leak repair to professional techs. If you encounter one, it is important to remind yourself not to do it on your own. Any mistake on the repair could leave to more pipe damage and fatal accidents. Plumbers 911 have fully trained professionals capable of knowing each gas pipe type and its connectors to make sure that gas leak is properly repaired.
The same case with gas line installation. This is not something that you should be doing yourself, and in fact, there are permits that should be furnished in order for a gas line to be installed in your home. When you hire someone from our network of plumbing professionals, we will handle all those paperwork for you.
Our techs know every possible gas line material available and will install only the most efficient pipe patterns on your home. We know how things are done to ensure that everything is plastered correctly. We know for a fact that there are existing plumbing lines underneath your floor boards so we do inspection first to ensure that the gas line system is efficient enough for your appliances to work and does not create any problem with the existing pipe lines in your home.
Plumbers 911 is the Best When it comes to Gas Lines
When talking to your technician, let them know of your plan to use natural gas to help them design a proper gas layout for you.
Plumbers 911 offer 24/7 emergency service on all plumbing needs especially gas line emergencies. We have set high standards on our network of plumbers to ensure that we only give our clients the best service possible in terms of plumbing.
Call us today for any concerns on gas line installation, maintenance, or repair!