Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning is more than a plumber. We are Sacramento plumbing contractors who take care of problems the average plumber isn’t qualified to handle. One of the best examples of this is our gas plumbing services, including gas line repairs and installations, and gas leak repairs. There are many good reasons to call us!
When to Call a Professional Gas Plumber
These days, there are DIY tutorials available online for nearly every kind of home repair. We often caution against doing it yourself with gas plumbing repairs or HVAC repairs, because it’s easy to get it wrong. That goes double with gas plumbing since a mistake won’t just be expensive; it could be catastrophic. We would also remind you that if you suspect a gas leak, your first priority should be getting everyone to safety. The phone call can wait.
Who’s Responsible for my Gas Lines?
Knowing who to call when you have a gas plumbing problem can be a bit confusing. As it is with water main and sewer repairs, the key here is who owns the lines. The common lines that service a block or neighborhood belong to your gas utility. The other lines — from the main to your home and within your home — are your responsibility.
Signs of Gas Plumbing Problems
The most obvious sign of a gas leak is a smell of rotten eggs that comes from mercaptan, an additive to natural gas (which otherwise has no smell of its own). If you smell this, get yourself and your family outdoors immediately, and avoid the use of lights, appliances, and mobile phones indoors; if the concentration of gas is sufficient, a tiny spark can set off a fire or explosion. Less-obvious signs include:
- Appliances (like your furnace, water heater, or stove) emit a flame that is much weaker than usual, which often indicates low gas pressure
- A flame that burns orange or yellow
- The pilot light going out frequently
- Soot and scorch marks around appliances
- A hissing sound coming from the walls or the area around an appliance
- Headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea, or difficulty breathing, which can indicate either a gas leak or a carbon monoxide leak
Common Causes for Gas Leaks
When you understand what causes a gas leak, you can take steps to make them less likely. Poor fittings between gas lines and appliances are among the most common causes, so it’s best to get installation from a qualified professional. But even a proper installation can be undermined by corroded pipes, broken components, and poor maintenance. So if you own gas appliances, it’s vital that you have them professionally maintained. While we’re visiting you for your home heating tune-up, we’ll be helping keep your home safe!
When Do You Need Gas Line Replacement?
Gas pipes come in two varieties. Black steel pipe lasts about 75 years, while CSST (corrugated stainless steel tubing) lasts an average of 30 years. If your home is older, having your gas plumbing inspected for wear and signs of trouble is a good idea.
Gas mains, like your indoor gas plumbing, will also “warn” you when there’s a problem. A rotten egg smell outdoors can be a sign of a gas leak. So can bubbles in puddled or standing water after a rainstorm, dead grass, and highly localized vegetation, or plants appearing to blow in a gentle breeze when there’s no wind blowing. Gas lines can also be disturbed by seismic activity and construction. Bottom line: if you aren’t sure, call us for an inspection and the needed repairs or gas line replacement.
What to Expect
For some gas plumbing needs, an appointment ahead of time is suggested. This is true of gas line replacement or a new gas line installation that will take place in tandem with a renovation, remodel, or conversion to a gas furnace. In other instances, we also offer quick repair service (including 24/7 emergency gas line repairs) on short notice. Either way, we will identify the issue, provide you with a written estimate, and get right to work if you should accept.
Get in Touch With Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning
Generations of Sacramento homeowners have trusted Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning for everything from plumbing repairs to HVAC installations. You can, too, so get in touch today for all your home plumbing needs!