If you have gas appliances in your home, it’s important to educate yourself and family members about what to do in the event of a natural gas line break. Such breaks are serious problems with deadly consequences if not dealt with properly. The experienced, knowledgeable plumbing staff at Piqua Plumbing in Piqua, OH, are experts in sewer and drain cleaning as well as in natural gas line repair and replacement, and they’ll resolve any issues in timely fashion.
In order to keep you and your family safe, these plumbing experts want you to know the signs of a natural gas line break as well as how to deal with one should it occur:
- Odor: Recognizing the smell of natural gas is a safety essential. A chemical called mercaptan is added to natural gas for so its odor are easily detectible. It is likened to the smell of rotten eggs or sulfur.
- Ignition Avoidance: If you smell gas, it’s important to avoid turning light switches on and off, ringing doorbells, using a computer or cell phone, and using smoking devices or appliances/devices with open flames. Any of these actions could ignite the gas.
- Vacate The Premises: Smelling natural gas, no matter how faint, is a signal to leave your home as soon as possible. Once you’re safely away from your home, call Piqua Plumbing as well as your local government agency to report a natural gas emergency.
In addition to knowing that to do in the case of a gas line break, it’s also important to do what you can to maintain a safe household when gas lines are functioning normally. Keeping gas appliances clean and unblocked is important to ensure proper airflow, as is having appliances and gas lines inspected every year.
For more information about gas line installation and gas line repair, call Piqua Plumbing at (937) 533-9259 or visit the web site today.