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Why Do I Need a Leak Detection Service

Any plumber will tell you a water leak can occur anywhere, even deep within your walls, above a ceiling, or under the floor. A gas leak releases toxic gas into the air. This is an extremely dangerous situation that risks your health and safety. That’s why you need a professional leak detection service to determine the exact source and nature of the leak so a plumber can fix it—fast.

Dangers of Gas Leaks

Natural gas is readily available and affordable. This fossil fuel is found in the environment and is used for many things. Large companies carefully maintain gas and oil pipelines, but the containment of natural gas in your home can be a different story. It comes in through local gas lines and is used by furnaces, water heaters, stoves, fireplaces, and other fixtures.

A lack of maintenance, damage, or a repair issue with any one of these appliances can put your family in danger. Natural gas, propane, and butane are commonly used in homes. Normally, they are safe, but when something goes wrong, you may face issues such as:

Are You Experiencing Symptoms of Exposure?

High levels of gas can trigger a range of symptoms if inhaled. These can include:

In severe cases, a person exposed to natural gas can lose coordination and eventually become unconscious. Death can occur due to suffocation.

In addition, gas leaks, aside from wasting energy, are harmful to the environment. They can kill vegetation. In the case of methane, a leak can contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Issues related to natural gas leaks, however, can be mitigated with early detection.

How to Identify a Leaking Gas Line

It’s crucial to find the leak or you may face extremely high repair expenses. Only a professional has the tools and equipment to quickly find natural gas leaks at their source. While gas lines rarely leak, a professional will use a detection kit to identify a potential problem. Contact a plumber if you notice a rotten egg odor; this is due to a substance added to natural gas to make it detectable to the human senses.

Other signs of a problem include:

At NexGen, we use the most advanced leak detection methods. But we can start with a water test, which can indicate a gas leak when bubbles appear on a pipe fitting. Our equipment allows us to identify the exact location, how much gas is leaking, and the type of gas it is.

Contact NexGen for Leak Detection Service

NexGen provides leak detection and repair in Southern California. We are prompt and work quickly to fix any gas leak permanently to ensure your family’s safety. Whether the problem is due to pipe corrosion, a disconnected pipe, a bad seal, tree roots, or a ruptured gas line in an earthquake, our professionals will repair it. They can also repair gas fixtures including stoves, furnaces, dryers, barbecues, fireplaces, and jacuzzies. 

To learn more or request leak detection service, 24/7, call 833-729-9735 now.

How to Do a Gas Leak Detection Inspection

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In the U.S., about half of all homes use natural gas for heating, cooking, and drying clothes, according to the Energy Industries Association. This energy source is safe if your appliances are properly installed and maintained. If not, there’s a risk of gas leaks that can lead to deadly explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s therefore very important to know the gas leak detection methods that can save your home and your life.

If you suspect a gas leak, here are ways to inspect your home for the source of such potential trouble:

Sniff Around for Rotten Eggs

You are essentially smelling for mercaptan, an additive gas companies use to make natural gas detectable. Otherwise, it does not have an odor of its own. The smell is similar to that of sulfur. As soon as you detect this odor, leave your home; then call 911 and contact your gas company or NexGen right away to have your gas line turned off. A technician will then find the source of the problem and fix it.

Inspect Your Stove or Range Top

When the burner in a gas stove turns on, the flame should be blue. An orange or red flame is an indication of a gas leak. It means gas is present and is consuming oxygen. This same gas is likely elsewhere and putting your entire family in danger.

Listen for Noises Near Your Gas Line

Whistling or hissing sounds mean there’s a serious gas leak. It’s important to note the source of the noise. If an air conditioner is hissing, a damaged valve, refrigerant line, or compressor may be to blame. Upon hearing evidence of a gas line leak, evacuate your home and call for help immediately.

Check Outdoors for Signs of a Leak

Outdoor gas lines can leak too. If so, you may not notice any issues in your home, except for gas-using appliances not working right. Check near gas lines for hissing sounds, bubbling water (if there’s a puddle, pond, creek, or river), or patches of dead grass or vegetation. Also, look for blowing dirt or leaves around a pipeline. If you see flames rising from the ground or something above the ground burning, that’s a sure sign of trouble.

The Soapy Water Test

Mix a teaspoon of dish detergent into a cup of water and apply the solution to where you think the leak may be. Gas leaks often occur at connection and junction points. If gas is escaping, then you will see bubbles in the liquid you place on the surface.

Use a Natural Gas Detector

Gas leak detectors are designed to find propane, natural gas, methane, and other combustible gases in the air. There are portable, extension, and plug-in types. Portable units can help find the source of a leak, while fixed devices can be installed in, for example, the kitchen for constant monitoring. 

Know What Not to Do

No matter what, don’t go back into the building to open the doors and windows. If gas is present, smoking, operating a vehicle or power tools/equipment, or using lighters, outlets, switches, and even doorbells or phones (including cellular) can put you in danger. Elevators, appliances, garage door openers, lamps, and other electrical devices should not be used. Never try to restart the pilot light.

The only thing you should do is get outside and call 911 or your local gas utility/repair company; do not go back inside until a technician or inspector gives the all-clear.

Know the Symptoms of Exposure

If you’ve been exposed to carbon monoxide, you may experience difficulty breathing, chest pain, headache, eye or throat irritation, nausea, or reduced appetite. Changes in mood, such as depression or irritability, can occur as well. You may also notice ringing in your ears or frequent nosebleeds if carbon monoxide is present.

Call NexGen for Gas Leak Detection and Repair

Our technicians have the training, expertise, and equipment to detect and locate gas leaks. Available 24/7, we can quickly make repairs and stop the leak, often using non-invasive techniques. To request help from our leak detection and repair professionals, call 833-729-9735 now.