Here in California, getting access to natural gas lines isn’t nearly as difficult as it might be in other states. In other words, if you’re not using gas lines right now for your appliances, you should definitely take into consideration just how highly sought after they really are!
For example, running HVAC systems with electricity only is not cheap. Switching to a gas furnace can save you plenty of money during our colder months. Or, perhaps you simply want to start using more natural gas appliances, like your kitchen stove or your clothes dryer.
There are plenty of benefits to using natural gas, but it’s important to keep safety in mind. In the wrong hands, gas line installation can be a serious hazard. The safety of your family and your neighbors depend on gas line installation in Santa Barbara performed by a licensed professional.
Here’s everything you need to know about gas lines:
Understanding the Dangers of Gas Leaks
Accidents involving gas lines are incredibly rare. Some cities even outlaw the installation of gas lines by non-professionals, thus helping to reduce the risk of accidents. That being said, accidents do happen, and some aggressive DIYers will find ways to perform their own repairs or installation illegally. The least you can do is understand how to spot a gas leak.
Natural gas is notorious for its “rotten egg” smell. But did you know that this gas is odorless? The rotten egg smell is an artificial odor added by the utility company, purely for the purpose of alerting you of a gas leak.
Only Hire a Professional Who Understands Gas Line Safety
Plumbers are typically the ones who are qualified to install and repair gas lines. Given that they already know how to work with pipes, it makes sense that they’d also work on gas lines.
But that doesn’t mean any plumber is certified to work on gas lines! The right expert has licenses and credentials that certify them to work with natural gas. You don’t have to let a plumber work on your home if they can’t provide proof of their ability to work on gas lines. Don’t assume they’re qualified simply because they can talk the talk.
What to Do if You Suspect a Gas Leak
If you smell a gas leak in your own home, don’t stick around to find the source or to call an emergency hotline. First, leave the premise—even the spark from flicking a light switch can be enough to ignite the gas. That also means you shouldn’t unplug anything or turn off any gas-powered appliances, even if that seems like the logical thing to do. After the house has been evacuated, then call the utility company or 911.
A gas leak will be much easier to smell if it’s coming from within your home, where the gas is contained by the rooms. However, leaks can just as easily occur outside of the home, too. The most common indicator is dead patches of vegetation since the leaking gas will kill plants.
Gas lines aren’t scary when they’re handled by a professional. Contact Husted Plumbing today if you need peace of mind about your gas line installation or repairs. Family owned and operated since 1935.