Gas is a valuable utility for your home. With a gas furnace, you are able to heat your home and maintain a comfortable temperature during even the coldest months of the year. Gas is also used in other areas of the home – your hot water heater and stove might also use gas.
However, for all of its utility, gas has some problems. For instance, a gas furnace is somewhat more dangerous than an all-electric HVAC system. Gas leaks can cause health problems, and even explosions. How do you know that your gas line is safe?
First, it is important to understand that maintaining the gas line from the meter into your home (and throughout your home) is your responsibility. Maintaining the gas line up to the meter is the responsibility of your gas utility company. Proper maintenance of your gas line is vital – you should have a periodic inspection and maintenance schedule set up with a trusted gas fitter or service company to make sure that no problems are present.
Identifying Problems and Hazards
There are some key things to look for if you are concerned about leaking gas or an unsafe gas line in your HVAC system. First, the most obvious sign is the smell of natural gas. If you notice this smell in your home, basement or near the meter, call the authorities immediately.
Another sign to look for is a meter that continues to change even once you have
turned off all appliances and systems in your home that use gas. If this is the case, then there is a leak somewhere in the system and you need to have a qualified service person make immediate repairs to the line.
In the case of a buried line, you can look for dead vegetation above the line, or bubbles in water after a rain above the line. These are both signs that gas is escaping from the line and that there is a serious problem that needs to be corrected immediately.
What a Good Maintenance Service Should Offer
Ensuring that your lines are in good condition can be a tricky thing. It’s highly recommended that you hire a reputable company. A gas fitter or service company will inspect for leaks, check for corrosion on the line and make repairs if there are problems found. Doing otherwise puts your health and safety, and that of your family, at great risk.
Contact a natural gas contractor to come and take a look at your home.