Natural gas is one of the safest and most clean-burning fuels, commonly used in homes and businesses all over the world. However, natural gas is also highly explosive, so it can be deadly when not handled safely. Even a small leak in a gas line can be dangerous, as gas can build up over time and eventually cause an explosion. While this risk is relatively low, it’s a reminder of the importance of good maintenance on all plumbing lines. If you suspect the plumbing lines in your facility are at risk, be proactive and have the lines inspected by a qualified technician. Perhaps the plumbing in your building is old, or environmental factors have potentially caused damage. Compromising on maintenance not only puts your building occupants at risk, but can lead to downtime for your business in the event of a code violation from your municipal authority.
First and foremost, if you ever suspect a gas leak, leave the building immediately. Using the phone, turning on a light switch, or operating any electrical device can create a spark and ignite the gas. In its natural state, natural gas is odorless, but the addition of a sulfur odor provides a sensory alert in the event of a gas leak. Once you’re safely away from a possible leak, call 911 from a safe location. Gas line testing and repairs are not a do-it-yourself job. A professional plumber has the expertise and the right equipment to test and repair gas lines, so call an expert to have the job done right. If gas service to a building has been discontinued and has been plugged, tagged, or pulled by a municipality, a gas test – along with any necessary repairs – must be performed by a licensed plumber before service can be restored. A permit is typically required for a gas test, and testing is done by applying a pressure gauge and monitoring the pressure of the system. The cost of any necessary repairs will not be included in the cost of the test, and are typically billed according to time and materials. A reputable plumbing company will provide a quote before any repairs begin.