Natural gas lines are something no homeowner should take for granted, especially with the colder weather setting in. If your holiday plans involve extra meal preparation and overnight guests, your gas appliances will see a bit of strain. Having your lines inspected before the holidays can help you avoid any problems. Here are five indications that you should.
1. Are Your Gas Lines More Than 20 Years Old?
In the best conditions, gas lines could last for 50 years. However, moisture and other conditions may contribute to corrosion.
If your lines are more than 20 years old or of an unknown age, an inspection is a good idea. As a precaution with older gas pipes, you may need to consider annual inspections.
2. Do You Get a Rotten Egg or Sulfur Smell?
Natural gas is odorless, so gas providers add odorants to help detect leaks. The smell is distinctive. It carries the aroma of rotten eggs or sulfur.
If you get a strong odor of this type, it is a good idea to contact a plumber immediately. Gas leaks may sicken household members or even lead to damage from a fire or explosion.
3. Are Your Appliances Working Inefficiently?
If you have a gas stove, you might see smaller or decreased flames at the burners. The oven may also take longer to preheat.
Either of these issues may indicate damaged pipes that are not delivering sufficient gas. Inspecting your lines allows you to get everything working right ahead of the holidays.
4. Are Your Pets and Family Members Getting Sick?
Because of their higher metabolism, in many cases, you may notice your pets getting sick before the humans in your household. Poor appetite, vomiting, gagging, listlessness, or other unusual behavior may point to a gas leak.
Some of the signs of natural gas poisoning in people include:
- Memory problems
- Balance issues
Another sign that some people easily overlook is the presence of dead houseplants. Because gas leaks harm all living things, plants sometimes react first.
5. Has Your Home Had Construction or Storm Damage?
Dents or kinks in gas pipes are common with damage from construction or storms. Sometimes, you might have higher utility bills, indicating energy loss.
When there is possible damage, erring on the side of caution is better. Taking the time to have your pipes inspected before you have a house full of people is the wisest choice.
If you need your gas lines inspected before the holiday season, contact us at Carlson Plumbing in Fountain Valley, CA to get started.