Gas piping is standard in furnaces, water heaters, stoves and dryers to provide fuel for heating. Most of the time, it works great and is both safe and efficient. But when there’s a problem, gas piping can be extremely dangerous. It can poison your family and even lead to an explosion.
Hiring a plumber to repair a problem with the gas line is cheaper than calling the gas company directly. Yes, plumbers do work on gas lines. Gas piping is quite similar to your plumbing.
If you need help with your gas piping, call Plumbers 911 Maine. You will be connected to a local licensed plumber who can inspect and repair your gas piping.
Here are four critical problems that can happen to gas piping that require repair by a licensed Maine plumber.
Dangerous gas line leaks
Gas line leaks do not happen often but are incredibly dangerous. They can result in fatal poisoning or cause an explosion. Natural gas is odorless by itself, but the gas company chemically adds a sulfuric smell like rotten eggs so its presence can quickly be detected. If you smell rotten eggs or a foul odor in your home, shut off the gas, evacuate the house immediately and call 911 once you are safe from the premises.
You might also detect a gas leak if you hear a hissing noise from a gas appliance like the stove, water heater or dryer. Shut off the gas and call a licensed plumber.
Gas line blockages
Blockages are a common problem with gas lines. Your gas piping can become clogged with dirt or other debris, insects, tree roots or water. Kinks or dents can also block the flow of gas.
A gas appliance that stops working or doesn’t work as well may be due to a blocked gas line. Perhaps a burner set on high has a low flame, or your water heater takes much longer to heat the water.
A blocked gas line will eventually start leaking as the pressure builds up and breaks through the line. If you suspect a clogged gas line, shut off the gas and call a licensed plumber like the specialists at Plumbers 911 Maine.
Gas line valve issues
The valves at the end of a gas line can suffer leaks or blockages. Fortunately, these are relatively easy and inexpensive to replace. Bad valve lines can lead to serious trouble if neglected.
Copper gas pipes
Gas lines are made from various metals and materials, including galvanized steel, high-density polyethylene and flexible corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) pipes. But copper gas lines can be problematic.
Many local building codes ban the use of copper in gas piping for several reasons. First, copper creates sulfites that can clog your gas line over time. Second, copper is a known energy conductor and can be more hazardous than other types of gas line piping.
If you have copper gas pipes, call Plumbers 911 Maine. You will be connected to a licensed plumber who can replace your copper pipes with a safer material.
Need gas line repair or inspection or repair? Call Plumbers 911 Maine
If you need a licensed plumber to inspect or repair your gas line piping, call Plumbers 911 Maine. You will be referred to a licensed local plumber who can ensure your gas lines are safe and effective.