We Can Help Maintain and Service Your Natural Gas System
What is Natural gas? It is a fossil fuel that formed when layers of buried plants are exposed to heat and pressure over a period of thousands of years. It is a non-renewable resource in that it cannot be replenished on a human time frame. It is commonly used for cooking, heating, and even electricity generation. It can also be used for fuel for vehicles and as a chemical feedstock for manufacturing plastics and other organic chemicals.
To have Natural Gas in a home or residential area, it must have a Gas system installed. This system will allow gas to enter your home and will supply your gas appliances with the gas they need to work. These need to be installed and maintained by a professional to ensure they work properly. Our plumbing experts can ensure your Gas systems are working as they should.
Natural Gas Uses at Home
Natural gas is used for many things in a home such as heating and cooking, it even cost overall less than electricity does. It has a number of varied benefits as well as being able to control the temperature easier when cooking. A gas range can also be self-ignited, self-cleaning as well as cost half of what and electric range will to operate. Many chefs prefer to use natural gas over electricity because of the quick heating and temperature control benefit.
Natural gas powered air conditioning can also be used to cool homes, this is not a new way to cool homes it was used in the 40s and 50s but died out. However, new technology advancements are bringing it back into existence and giving it a popularity. The units are, however, initially more expensive compared to an electric unit, although they pay for themselves in the long run. They also require less maintenance and are more efficient.
Natural Gas Appliances Used
Appliances powered or that use Natural gas are on the rise in popularity again as they are more efficient and cost less than electric appliances, as well as being cheaper to run. Not only that they have required much less maintenance and have a longer life as well. Besides ranges and heating and cooling appliances some other appliances may include:
- Clothes dryers
- Pool and Jacuzzi heaters
- Outdoor lights
These appliances are safer, economical and efficient that other fuel sources. It is easy to supply gas to these as they can use the same pipes that supply gas to furnaces.
What Are Your Repair Responsibilities for Your Gas System?
When you have a Gas system in your home it is important to know what belongs to you and what belongs to the Gas Company that supplies your Gas to your home. There are reasons for this because you are accountable for certain areas and they are duty-bound to repair others. The gas company is responsible for the Meter and everything that carries gas to your Meter. A homeowner is accountable for everything on their side of the meter, meaning:
- A gas meter that is at the curb to the home (whenever the meter is not in juxtaposition with the home).
- From your gas meter to the appliances on your property.
- A meter located underground to a structure, pool/spa heating control system, or other gas appliances.
Ensuring that these lines are maintained helps to avoid hidden risks due to corrosion and leaks. These should be periodically inspected by a licensed professional plumber to identify any problems such as:
- Unsafe conditions
Even buried gas lines can have these problems identified and our expert technicians will help ensure that your gas lines are safe.
Reasons to Have Us Maintain and Repair Your Gas System
A Natural gas system that is not maintained and repaired can be dangerous, and even deadly. More often than not a gas leak is caused by poor fittings, installations, bad maintenance or even faulty appliances. Bad fittings let gas escape. Installations should always be made by an accredited technician. Ensure that the appliances are not second hand. It is good to have a Carbon Monoxide alarm in your home just in case of a leak. Call Plumbers 911 immediately for an inspection.
Detecting Gas Leaks
Gas Leaks can cause asphyxiation, brain damage and even death. Gas leaks can also cause Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Detecting and repairing a Natural Gas leak in your home quickly is very important for the health of you and your family. The first thing that should be done if you suspect a gas leak is to leave your home, then call us as we can repair the issue quickly and easily. Never try to repair a gas leak yourself as gas leaks can be dangerous open windows for ventilation, don’t use electronics, flip switches or smoke as this can ignite the gas and cause an explosion. There are ways you can know if you have a leak by hearing, smelling or seeing it.
- Gas Companies add a rotten egg smell to natural gas as it does not have a smell to it.
- Hearing a blowing or hissing sound around your gas appliances or lines
- Outdoor dead greenery around your gas lines.
- There are also built-in carbon monoxide detectors that are like fire detectors made for the home. Some are a combination with fire alarms.
Repair Leaks as Soon as Possible
If there is a leak in your home ensure that you call a professional and have it repaired as soon as possible. Gas leaks are a serious a situation and require emergency attention, however, it may be a simple fix or a large replacement. It is still important that only a trained professional is the one that handle the repair.
Regardless of how complicated or simple the Gas system in your home is it is very important to ensure that you have it maintained on a regular basis. This will help to avoid problems that will result in dangerous leaks. We can assist in all your maintenance and repair needs at a reasonable price.