Gas and water leaks are among the most insidious threats to homes and businesses. Gas leaks can cause you to breathe in poisonous chemicals while raising the risk of a fire or explosion in your building. Water line leaks are less immediately threatening, but they are harder to detect and can lead to higher bills, water damage, and a variety of other problems in the long run. Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drains of Denton County is committed to identifying and eliminating all gas and water leaks. We perform routine, quality testing for changes in gas and water pressure, and will immediately eliminate the danger as soon as we find it. When the problem is the result of faulty gas or water heaters, we provide a range of new, more effective devices as well as quality replacement services to incorporate the new equipment seamlessly into your home.
Finding Water & Gas Line Leaks
The clearest sign of a gas leak is the smell; natural gas gives off a sulfurous odor similar to that of rotten eggs, and the stronger the odor, the greater the danger. If you have a poor sense of smell, you can buy a natural gas detector to make up the difference. Also, watch for unexplained changes in your gas bill, and survey all fixtures that use natural gas for signs of damage. In addition, you should order professional gas pressure tests on a regular basis, especially if your house or business consumes large amounts of natural gas.
When you detect a leak, mix water and liquid soap evenly in a bowl, take a paint brush, and coat the mixture onto all lines, pipes, and fixtures that transport natural gas. Bubbles should begin to form around the source of the leak. Once you’ve found it, turn the gas supply off immediately to prevent any further health or fire risks.
To detect a water line leak, check your building’s water meter every day. If you notice a large and unexplained increase in water use, check your shower heads, faucets, toilets, and other features to make sure the leak is not on their end. Then turn the building’s water valve off and see if the meter is still moving. If it is, that indicates that the problem is with the water line. You should then examine the water line for common signs of a leak, including moisture on the line, mud on the ground around it, and greener or more vibrant grass. Pay special attention to the seals that connect the pipes, as leaks often result when these become loose.
Fixing Gas & Water Line Leaks
The method for fixing a gas line leak depends on the location of the leak. The leak may be coming from one of the connections along your gas line, in which case it may be enough to tighten the bolt. If the bolt will not tighten or the leak continues, replace it with a new bolt. If there is a hole in the pipeline itself, you will have to replace it. Regardless of the type of damage, you should have a professional plumber perform the repairs or inspect your work, and you should not turn the gas back on until the line is secure.
For water line leaks, start by turning off the water supply, switching on your faucets, and draining all remaining water out of the pipes. Then, as with gas line repairs, determine the location of the leak. If it is at a connection along the water line, you may be able to fix it by tightening or replacing the seals. If it is in the pipeline itself, your next step will depend on the type of pipe you use. Most residential and commercial buildings use either PVC or copper pipes. You can repair a broken copper pipe by soldering the affected area, but it’s usually easier to replace a PVC pipe entirely than to try to fix it. After making repairs, test the restored water line by turning the water supply back on and checking for leaks.
Replacing Gas & Water Meters
Water and gas meters are a valuable source of information on potential leaks, but they are hardly infallible. If you notice a change in water pressure or a gas line leak but your meter fails to report it, it’s time to replace it. Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain of Denton County offers affordable, accurate meters to detect pressure problems as soon as they arise. No building is safe without quality information on gas and water use, so never hesitate to replace a faulty meter.