Gas Pipe Leaks
If you suspect that you have a gas pipe leak in your home, then time is of the essence. It’s important to respond to any suspicions of a gas leak immediately. If you’re in the Tucson area, then Wood’s Plumbing can help you with all of your gas pipe needs. Our experienced team of plumbers will be glad to provide you with round-the-clock emergency service, so you and your family will always be safe from gas pipe leaks.
Are You Responsible for Fixing Your Gas Leak?
The answer to this question depends on the location of your gas meter. Many older homes have gas meters located in the alley, away from the house. In some instances, this means that you may have a fairly long piece of gas pipe between the meter and the house. If there is a leak before the meter, then Southwest Gas is responsible for the repairs. If a leak develops after the meter, on the other hand, then you as the homeowner are responsible for the repairs.
Why Gas Pipe Leaks Are a Problem
You should always take a gas pipe leak seriously. Not only will a leak have a very bad effect on your gas bill, but gas is highly explosive. Thus, any leak is dangerous and needs to be repaired as soon as possible. Gas leaks are normally relatively easy to identify because of the “rotten egg” smell that is added to natural gas so that it can be noticed right away. Even if you are not sure whether you have a gas leak, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Most homes will eventually have modifications or remodels done to them. These modifications may include adding a patio, concrete slab or concrete driveway. Often, if the gas meter is away from the house, these concrete additions are over the top of outside gas lines. If a leak starts in a pipe that is under concrete, it can form a pocket of gas, which can lead to an explosion. Modern building codes do not allow gas piping under concrete because of this potential danger. If you have this situation, and a leak occurs, the piping will have to be relocated, not repaired. This is another time you may want to consider being proactive rather than reactive.
If you need a professional plumber, then call Wood’s Plumbing today! We can fix your leaking gas pipe so that you and your family stay safe. We can also test your entire system to ensure that it is in good working order. Our team is certified through Southwest Gas.