Natural Gas: A Utility and a Danger
Gas lines bring clean-burning and efficient natural gas to many appliances throughout your home. When installed correctly, natural gas is very safe to use, reliable, and relatively green. However, when a gas line is hooked up improperly or when damage occurs, the threat of a natural gas leak increases, which is very dangerous for your entire family. Below are five of the top signs that may suggest your gas line is in need of a repair.
You smell rotten eggs. Natural gas has a strong, unfavorable odor that is very similar to rotten eggs. If you begin to smell gas in your home, shut your gas line off and call your utility company immediately.
Dying plants and vegetation. If your plants are withering or showing signs of decomposing without you changing their care routine, it may be a sign that natural gas is leaking in your home and is poisoning your indoor plants.
Spike in your gas bill. Taking a look at your monthly gas bill is a good way to ensure there are no surprising spikes in how much gas you are using. If you feel your bill seems too high in comparison to how much gas you are actually utilizing in your home, it is usually a sign that your line may be leaking. An expert is needed to repair it at this point.
Rust or corrosion on the lines. If water is spilled on your gas lines and does not get cleaned right away, your metal lines with start to corrode and rust. In a case like this, we suggest having a professional replace your lines rather than try to fix them because rust and corrosion cause significant damage.
Unusual sounds coming from your appliances or gas lines. Hearing unusual noise from appliances such as your stove or water heater, or hearing hissing from your gas lines is another sign that your lines need a repair. If your appliances are malfunctioning, it may be caused by a lack of maintenance work.
Appliances that run on natural gas are typically used heavily throughout the year, and any malfunctions can cause stress on your gas line, causing a leak. It’s better to be safe rather than sorry, and it is important to schedule a maintenance appointment to have an expert check up on your appliances.
Even if you have the slightest doubt that your gas lines may need repairing, call Levine & Sons and have our skilled technicians help you at your earliest convenience. Levine & Sons has the best techs in town. With years of experience and a trusted clientele, there’s no one better to take care of your house’s gas line. Call us today to make an appointment: 1-888-538-4631.