Natural gas may fuel a lot of conveniences for your home, but you may not think much about the aftermath of a leaking gas line. As long as the stove lights when you’re ready to cook dinner and the air conditioning keeps your home cool, there isn’t much to worry about. That doesn’t mean you won’t one day pick up on the signs of a potential gas leak at home.
Be aware of the signs.
If you detect that rotten egg odor that is often associated with a leaking gas line or believe you’re experiencing physical symptoms associated with gas exposure, it’s important to take fast action to keep yourself, your loved ones, and your pets safe. The following steps will walk you through the process of responding to a leaking gas line.
1. Evacuate the premises.
Get everyone out of the home, including your pets. You may also want to remove any plants that may not do well with gas exposure. Try to leave without using electrical equipment that may spark a fire if there is a gas leak. That includes flipping lights on and off, using lighters or matches, or even using your cell phone.
2. Alert your utility service.
Your utility company should know right away that you suspect a leaking gas line. Most services have a special line set up to accept phone calls about leaks. If you don’t know that number, call any number you can find. They will get you to the correct department to make a fast report.
3. Contact a qualified service technician.
Once you’ve reported the leaking gas line to your utility company, it’s time to call a specialist to help you verify the leak and get started on repairs. If you believe your utility company will fix the leak, it still doesn’t hurt to connect with a qualified service technician in case additional services are required.
If you suspect a leaking gas line in Jacksonville or the surrounding areas, now is the time to call HRI Plumbing. Our well-trained, experienced technicians can help with gas leak detection and all required repairs.