Gas Leak Detection Repair in Lake Worth, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach, FL
In many cases, gas line repair is only required in a state of emergency, when a gas leak is suspected. Emergency gas line repairs require a professional plumber and a plumbing permit. Without specialized training, you should never attempt to find or repair a gas leak yourself, and due to the danger, in emergencies, call 911. Once you have evacuated the location and alerted the authorities, call our West Palm Beach gas leak detection experts at General Plumbing. Our emergency service is available for leaking gas line testing and repair. Repairing gas lines is not like fixing a leaky faucet and cannot be put off indefinitely. The issue should be addressed quickly, and that is our goal.
Suspect a Gas Leak?
As a safety precaution, because natural gas is odorless, a sulfur-like odor is added to the fuel to help identify gas leaks. If you smell this odor, it is very likely you have a gas leak in your home. After you have eliminated immediate danger by calling the emergency 911 number, get in touch with General Plumbing so we can quickly and efficiently get your gas line repaired and turned back on. We are aware of and adhere to local West Palm Beach codes for gas leak detection and gas line repair.
Underground Gas Leak Detection
If you think you might have an underground gas leak on your property, it’s important to have an expert come out to see if a leak it detected. Gas leaks can be dangerous and should be handled quickly and efficiently. Many people first notice a gas leak because of the distinctive “rotten egg” smell. A small leak that results in a hissing sound. This is the result of the pressurized gas leaking through. If you notice either a smell or hear a hissing sound, it’s best to contact someone to check for a gas leak on your property.
Gas Line Installation
At General Plumbing, our plumbing technicians also help with gas line installation for most gas appliances. Some of the equipment you may need gas lines added for include:
- Gas stoves & cooktops
- Barbecues & grills
- Hot tub & pool heaters
- Water heaters
- Clothes dryers
- Kitchen remodeling
Emergency Gas Leak Detection & Repair
Natural gas is actually completely odorless. Thankfully, gas companies add a sulfur-like smell to the mixture in order to help people detect it. If you smell something like a rotten egg, you should assume that you have a gas leak on your hands. First things first, remove your family from your home. Once everyone is safely outside, call for emergency services. A gas leak can cause extreme damage if not properly cared for. Finally, you can call General Plumbing.
Our expert technicians have handled countless gas leaks in the past. We know how to operate safely and follow the appropriate guidelines. Once you call, we’ll send an experienced technician to your doorstep. A gas leak is classified as an emergency, so we don’t waste any time. Once the leak is cleared, we’ll ensure your home is safe to reenter by repairing the broken valve or line.
Gas Leak Safety Tips
Gas is a naturally odorless substance. Thankfully, manufacturers have given it a sulfur-like scent precisely so that homeowners can detect gas leaks. If you notice a sulfur smell in your home, contact the authorities immediately. Only then should you can contact an efficient service provider.
It’s important that you adhere to these safety tips to avoid unnecessary complications with gas leaks:
- Never use a flashlight, match, or candle when searching for a gas leak.
- Do not store any flammable materials, including laundry or newspapers, near the water heater.
- Ensure that your kitchen has a fire extinguisher that functions properly.
- If the pilot light is extinguished, shut off the gas to the appliance, wait five minutes, then relight the pilot light.
- Keep an adjustable pipe or crescent wrench handy near the main shut off valve in case of emergencies.
Average Gas Line Repair Cost
The cost of labor and the cost of materials are the major factors that go into an average gas line repair cost. The factors affecting the cost of labor will, on the whole, be determined by location and the technical challenge involved with the project. The main factors affecting the cost of materials is the type of pipe being used, which may vary depending on whether the gas line is on propane or natural gas and depending on the type of appliance it is feeding. Another factor involved with gas lines is the decision to extend an existing line or to run a new line back to the manifold. The cost of labor for installing or repairing gas lines may range within the standard contractor price, occasionally going into high-end hourly rates. It may cost more than for highly specialized jobs requiring multiple workers or technical expertise. Installing and repairing gas pipes is a dangerous job that requires a lot of knowledge and experience, and this is often reflected in a contractor’s estimate. Give us a call at General Plumbing for a free estimate.
How do I know if I have a leak?
If you think you might have a gas leak, stop to see if you detect the smell of rotten eggs. This is a tell-tale sign. Gas can also cause vegetation to wither, so if you notice a change in your grass or plants outside, this would be a sign of a gas leak. If you suspect you may have a leak, give us a call immediately.
How can I avoid damaging underground gas pipes?
Unsafe digging can damage equipment. Striking an underground utility line while digging can cause harm to you or those around you, disrupt service to entire neighborhoods, and potentially result in fines and repair costs. Contact Florida 811 to notify all appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig. Contact 811 at least two full business days (but no more than ten days) before digging to ensure utility lines are properly marked. Once lines have been properly marked, carefully hand dig with a shovel around the marked areas. Also, consider designing your project to avoid digging close to the underground facilities. Never use mechanized equipment near marks or exposed pipes or wires. Remember that utility marks will not indicate depth, and settling ground, erosion and other factors cause the location of pipes and wires to change over time. Contact General Plumbing to learn more.
We also offer gas line installation for commercial applications, such as restaurants, so businesses can also benefit from our decades of experience and excellent customer service. For an estimate or in the case of any emergency service, call General Plumbing at 561-420-0442.