Natural gas is a fantastic, cost-effective way to heat our water and homes, and it’s far easier on the environment than electricity.
However, smart homeowners know gas can be tricky. That’s why it’s important to distinguish what you can do on your own, and what belongs to an expert plumber or gas fitter.
(When your BBQ gas bottle is low on gas, your BBQ can sometimes emit a slight gas odour. If this is the case, but if you aren’t confident the gas is simply low, it is best to treat it as a gas leak.)
Call Your Plumber or Gas Fitter when:
Call your Natural Gas company immediately when:
Note: Your gas company will charge you if they attend your home and the issue is related to your gas pipes (the house side of the meter) and/or appliances.
Sydney Natural Gas emergency number: 131 909 or 1300 676 300“
Now that we’ve covered the emergency stuff, let’s take a look at the potentially less serious scenarios.
If you cannot smell gas but your bills are unusually high, complete the following test:
Think you’ve got a leak? For your safety and the safety of others, call a professional ASAP.
The gas line can be tested using a meter or more sensitive pressure-testing to determine the location of the leak. Additional procedures to locate small leaks might be necessary.
Once a leak is detected, if it is a small hole, it can come sometimes be patch-repaired, but if it is larger, a small section of the pipe will have to be replaced.
DO you have gas pipes that are 30 years old or more?
Your gas supply pipes could be made of galvanised steel. Nowadays, galvanised pipe is never used for gas pipes; it is against plumbing codes to use it.
A galvanised steel pipe will corrode over a period of years and develop pinhole leaks along its length. Galvanised pipe wears from the inside out and gives few clues to its impending failure. A visual inspection cannot reveal the condition of the pipes unless they are showing signs of heavy corrosion, and gas can begin leaking well before corrosion can be seen. Obviously, this is a serious safety hazard: one small gas leak in the right place, or one that continues to leak over time, can cause a gas build-up in an area, and one small spark can cause a serious explosion.
Call in Pipe Perfection for a complete Gas Safety Test
Simple tests can be performed to determine if leaks are present. Such tests will show whether replacement of the gas pipe is necessary now or later (Replacement is inevitable, so you may want to decide if waiting to replace your gas pipes even makes sense.)
A gas test costs only a few hundred dollars, well worth the price for peace of mind and the preservation of your home, personal safety and the safety of others.
Bottom-line? Don’t muck around with gas. That’s our job!