Functioning gas lines are essential for every commercial and residential property.
They keep your water heater, furnace, grill and other appliances operational.
If gas lines malfunction, however, it’s not only your appliances that will suffer. Damaged gas lines are exceptionally hazardous and could put you and your family in danger. That’s why it’s critical to catch gas line problems before they get out of hand.
Fortunately, Victoria gas lines have a few telltale signs that could alert you of any issue early on. Take a look at which signs you need to pay attention to so that you can keep your property and (more importantly) all the residents safe.
1. Odd Sounds and Odours from Gas Lines
Gas travels through your gas lines at relatively high pressure.
If there’s a leak or a crack, you’ll notice high-pitched hissing sounds in your walls. If you notice such a sound, shut off the gas immediately.
If the hissing stops, you’re most likely dealing with a gas leak and need to call in professionals for repairs.
Another tell-tale sign of damaged Victoria gas lines is a strange odour. Natural gas is odourless, making leaks hard to detect. That’s why utility companies add a harmless chemical known as mercaptan – it has a pungent scent of sulphur or rotten eggs that you’ll likely notice immediately.
2. Gas Appliances Not Working Properly
You likely have at least a few appliances that use gas lines in your home to function. Most commonly, those include furnaces, water heaters, stoves, grills, even pool heaters.
When there’s a crack or leak in your gas lines, many of these appliances won’t get enough gas to work normally.
In most instances, they’ll still work since there’s still some gas getting to them, but they’ll be significantly slower than they should be.
Of course, if it’s just one appliance, such as your water heater not working properly, it might be the appliance itself that’s faulty. Still, it’s a good idea to inspect your gas lines just in case.
3. Sky-High Utility Bills
You can expect your utility bills to skyrocket if there’s a problem with the gas lines on your property.
A lot of gas will escape and many appliances will try to pull more gas to function normally.
All that waste adds up to a sky-high utility bill at the end of the month!
If you open your gas bill one month and experience a mild state of shock, check the gas lines.
4. Rust and Corrosion on Gas Lines
Most commonly, you’ll see signs of rust and corrosion at the joints of your gas lines or at the connector between your appliances and your gas line.
Corrosion doesn’t immediately cause problems, but it could cause significant damage to the lines and weaken them.
Instead of just cleaning up signs of corrosion, call your Victoria plumbing & gas experts and have them check it out for you.
5. Sudden Health Problems
Additionally, you might have issues with your gas lines if you notice sudden health problems.
Inhaling gas can cause:
- Eye and throat irritation
- Breathing problems
If you have any pets, they might suffer similar symptoms as well. And any indoor plants you may have could suddenly start dying around your home.
Primarily, get in touch with your doctor (or your pet’s vet), then contact us to have a look at your gas lines.
Drain Pro Will Get Your Gas Lines Back in Order
Drain Pro’s team consists of experienced professionals who are well-versed in all Victoria gas lines and plumbing issues you may encounter.
Contact us if you have any concerns about your gas lines, and we’ll ensure that your gas lines are in good working order.