First Steps When You Smell Natural Gas in Your Home
San Diego’s SDGE puts that rotten egg smell in natural gas for a reason: to motivate you to leave the home and get help fast if you smell it.
Every year, homes and other buildings ignite and even explode because of a natural gas leak. Natural gas leaks occur when an appliance or gas piping either corrodes or is damaged in construction or digging. Home construction, earthquakes, digging nearby, faulty appliances or gas pipe deterioration all underlie gas leaks. Neighbors often report they smelled gas before an explosion occurred. Gas line repair is a common repair quickly handled by San Diego plumbing experts, Perry Plumbing.
The first place to call if you smell a gas leak is San Diego Gas & Electric at 800-411-7343. If the gas is escaping at a dramatic rate, you may even see dirt and leaves blowing around the leak. It is also smart to listen for whistling as that could be escaping gas. Make sure you have left the area to go to a safe place before you call, however.
Do not try to turn your gas off yourself.
Do not start a car as sparks from the engine could ignite the gas.
Do not start any appliances including the oven, blender or microwave.
Do not light a cigarette, match or turn on a light switch as these, too, can ignite the gas.
Do not use the telephone, as even those electrical components can spark.
WALK away from the situation and your car and only call once you are at a safe distance. It’s also wise to call neighbors who could be harmed.
After SDG&E Leaves . . . It Is Plumber Time!
Because of the potential damage not only to your home or business and those of your neighbors, SDG&E will respond to your call fast. They will keep you apprised of the situation as they work. Once they are finished and determine that your home is safe, they will give you a report and make suggestions about fixing the problem. They will suggest you contact a plumber for gas line re-piping and other repairs.
Perry Plumbing Helps You Handle Scary Gas Leaks
We love our pools, spas and fireplaces, and yearly inspection from a licensed San Diego plumbing contractor keeps them a pleasure rather than a stressor. Many San Diego homeowners are surprised to learn that they are responsible for maintaining all natural gas lines from the meter to the home and throughout the backyard. SDG&E is only responsible for handling pipelines that come from the city system to your meter.
All of these appliances are vulnerable to a leak: gas stoves, cook tops, barbecues, hot tub & pool heaters, water heaters, fireplaces, console heaters, clothes dryers, boilers, furnaces. Your plumber will look for damage or signs of corrosion like rusting or green coating on copper pipework. For even more peace of mind, have your plumber show you the gas lines to watch. Perry Plumbing has on staff professionally trained technicians to help you 24/7.You can read our 5-star reviews on Google Plus and Yelp! or contact us to make an appointment. See our plumbing discounts and specials on our website or call 619 472 2112 for details.