Any home that uses gas for heating or various appliances will have a gas line that comes into the residence. The utility company will supply the gas through an underground line. Gas lines run through a house similarly to those that are used for other plumbing purposes. The gas lines feed into a distributor that is usually located outside the gas meter.
Gas pressure that builds up, and old pipes that become corrosive and leak, are two concerns regarding gas lines. To maintain gas lines and hopefully avoid any serious problems, a homeowner should have all lines regularly inspected by a professional. Because natural gas is extremely flammable, lines are installed by trained professionals. However, problems can occur as the pipes age. Gas lines used to be made of cast iron. Pipes were cut on site, and there were sometimes problems with leaking. Today, pipes are usually made of flexible steel. Since it is flexible, it usually doesn't need to be cut to fit properly. Because the pipe line is almost always continuous, there is less chance the gas will leak.
There are steps you need to take if you think there may be a gas leak in your home. Leaving the house immediately is the first priority. Several things could possibly cause an explosion. Don't use a match or a lighter anywhere in the home if a leak is suspected. Even turning on lights or turning appliances on or off could cause a spark. Wait until you and your family are safely outside before using a cell phone to call for help.
Finally, before doing any digging, make sure to find out where all buried gas lines are located. Even digging a garden in the backyard can be hazardous since some lines are only a few inches underground. To find out where gas lines are buried call your local utility company.
Residential gas line repairs in the Vancouver, CA area are best left to the local expert – Lambert Plumbing & Heating. Call today at (604) 855-1929!