A broken gas line can pose a significant problem to your family’s health and safety, as well as the safety of your home. It is something you want to detect and then have repaired as soon as possible. If you notice these four warning signs, then you may have a gas line problem on your hands, and your gas line may be in need of repair.
1. Warning Sign: Change to the Environment
A big warning sign of a gas line problem is a change to the environment. That can be a strong smell of gas in the air, a sound from the gas leaking, or even a strange feeling in the air due to gas pockets. These are all physical warning signs. If a gas line is damaged outdoors, it will cause damage to nearby plants and vegetation. That is a visual sign there is a problem. Another visible sign is condensation on the windows near the damaged gas line. If you notice any of these signs, call for an inspection.
2. Warning Sign: Physical Symptoms
Another severe sign of a gas line problem is the effect it can have on your health with physical symptoms. While the first thing you notice may be a strong smell in the air, even if you can’t smell the gas, you may experience other dangerous physical side effects. These symptoms can include dizziness, fatigue, and nausea. Prolonged exposure to gas or carbon monoxide leaks can even cause coma or death. If you notice these symptoms, it is best to leave home, then call your plumber for an inspection and a repair.
3. Warning Sign: Malfunctioning Appliances
If some of the appliances in your home rely on gas, they will be affected by a gas leak or gas line problem. Your heater may fail to function, leaving you without heat in your home. If you have a gas water heater, you may be left without hot water. A gas leak can also affect the stove, leaving you unable to cook. For some homes, it includes the dryer, leaving you unable to heat dry your wet items. Finally, if you have an outdoor grill that is hooked up to your gas line, it will be affected.
If one appliance is affected, you may need the gas line to that particular appliance repaired. If all are affected, the problem is likely in a part of the gas line that later branches out to those appliances.
4. Warning Sign: Increase in Gas Bills
If you have a problem with the gas line and do not catch it early, your warning sign may come in the form of an increase in your gas bill. When gas lines are leaking, the gas bill can grow quite high. If you have a high bill that cannot be explained by increased use and is not comparable to previous bills, then you should have your gas line inspected because there is a chance it is leaking.
Gas leaks and gas line problems are serious concerns. If you suspect your home has a leak, it is essential to have it inspected and repaired immediately. Otherwise, your family is at risk of health problems and your home is at risk of damage. Further, if your home has a history of a leak in some gas line, it could be at risk to leak again, so it is helpful to monitor it. As well as providing prompt and thorough gas line repair, many plumbing companies offer routine gas line inspection, which can help to identify potential problems early and prevent them, keeping your home and your family safe.