San Diego Homeowners Can Prevent Gas Line Explosions with These Tips
You see the reports in the news too frequently: “Home Burns after Gas Line Explosion” or gas line leak or break.
While San Diego Gas and Electric does its level best to encourage people to call for a “Dig Alert,” still, homeowners, as well as contractors from time to time, rent small backhoes and try to dig trenches without taking advantage of this service.
When you call for a Dig Alert even as close as two days before digging, SDGE’s Underground Service Alert team notifies all local utilities for free to locate and mark all underground cables, lines and pipes.
Perry Plumbing is happy to give you money-saving tips on how to replace a showerhead or unclog a toilet over the phone at no charge. But gas lines? Any competent San Diego plumber will tell you that gas lines take a professional’s touch.
If you have an avid do-it-yourselfer (DYI) in the house ready to handle gas line installation and services alone, at least show him this list of the top ways to prevent gas line explosion. Then at least you’ve done all you can do. Keep in mind that Perry Plumbing handles gas line installation services across the county.
Use these tips to keep your home and everyone within it safe:
- Do not build any structure over a gas line. This means you’ll need to know where the gas lines are in the surrounding property. To find out, at least contact Dig Alert first.
- In the case of an earthquake here in Southern California, while you can turn off your gas line yourself if you’ve studied how to properly, do not attempt to turn it back on. Shifting earth will crack and break gas lines. Let the utility companies turn the gas back on for you.
- Once a year, have a technician inspect heating and venting equipment. Use a carbon monoxides detectors on each level of your home.
- Keep gas meters and exposed pipes clear of flammable debris year round.
- Do not hang hangers on gas lines. Let others in the family know which exposed lines in your home are the gas lines and which are water. Encourage them to keep all hangers off all pipes. Install shower curtain rods in laundry areas to keep coats and drying clothing where it belongs.
- Replace flexible connectors at least every 10 years with an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved model.
- Do not bring gasoline or other flammable liquids in the same room as a gas appliance. Flammable liquids and a leaking gas line raise the odds of one spark causing combustion.
- If you have an avid inventor or scientist at home, do not allow them to use the gas hot water heater to do anything but heat water. Same with the gas stove.
- Gas space heaters must be installed by a qualified professional. At Perry Plumbing, we recommend homeowners have gas lines and venting inspected at least once a year. Carbon monoxide is odorless after all.
Because Gas Lines and Novices Don’t Mix
A SDGE press release reveals that in San Diego County in 2013 alone, 190 natural gas lines were damaged by homeowners and third party contractors. At Perry Plumbing, the only technicians that go out on gas line calls are those who have taken extensive training and then apprenticed with an experienced technician.
When you’re planning an outdoor kitchen or barbecue plumbed with gas, an upstairs fireplace or any other gas line work, call San Diego plumber Perry Plumbing at 619-472-2112 for same day service. Our Better Business Bureau A+ rating maintained over our 30 years should reassure you of our expertise and professionalism. Click here for special offers on plumbing services so you can save on your gas line installation or maintenance.