Gas Line Pressure Testing and Repairs

Are you in need of a gas line pressure test?  If the gas company has placed a red tag on your meter or if you have experienced any type of interruption to your gas service, then you need to comply by having a professional, licensed Fort Worth plumber certified in gas line repairs before you can have your gas service reconnected.  A gas leak can occur at your meter or at any of the supply lines going to your gas appliances.  Gas leaks are traced from the gas main onward.  Gas itself is safe, a gas leak on the other hand, is extremely dangerous and every family member should understand how to detect one, what immediate action to take if one presents itself, and most importantly, what not to do if gas is leaking in or around your home.

Identifying Gas Leaks Quickly Will Keep Your Family Safe
Is natural gas safe?  Yes! It has to be subject to just the right mixture of air and natural gas before it can burn. It is lighter than air and disperses as it rises into the air when vented properly.  It is said that most accidents happen because of lack of knowledge and not because natural gas itself is unsafe.  It burns cleaner, hotter and is more cost efficient and eco-friendly for use in the home or at your business.  So, how will you know if you have a leak with this colorless, odorless gas?  Your nose will know!

Mercaptan, a harmless sulfur chemical is added to natural gas for safety purposes and your nose will definitely detect the rotten eggs smell if there is even the smallest amount of natural gas leaking from an appliance or supply line to your home.  The two substances make ideal partners because mercaptan rises and dissipates just like natural gas and the chemical additive is noted for its life saving properties because of the noxious smell.

If you suspect a gas leak, immediately leave the home with your pets and leave the door ajar to allow fresh air in.  If you can get to a couple of windows easily, open them.  Do not use a phone inside the home, wait until you are safely away from the area and call 911 if it is an emergency situation – then follow up with a call to your trusted, reliable Fort Worth plumbing experts and we will work with the proper authorities to get your home safe for your return as quickly as possible after locating, repairing and conducting a proper gas line pressure test.  The gas company will not turn the gas back on without the required repairs and leak testing.

Three Things You Should Never Do if You Suspect a Gas Line Leak
The most lethal threat from a gas line leak is asphyxiation which can cause brain damage and sometimes death. The second dangerous issue is an explosion which is why you should never try to locate the leak yourself.  If you can hear the hissing sound of the smelly gas escaping from the pipes you are putting yourself at risk. Never try to repair anything and do not attempt to cut the gas off.  Getting a gas leak detected and repaired quickly and safely is critical to the well-being of your family and your property.  The following things should be avoided at all costs:

  1. Do not use any electronics:  cell phones, computers or hand-held devices of any kind, and do not use even a portable handset for a land-line phone until you are at a safe distance from the property;
  2. Do not turn on or off any light switches, lamps, or small appliances if the television is on – do not turn it off and vice versa;
  3. Do not smoke, light a match or strike a disposable lighter;

 

Fort Worth plumbers specializing in gas line leaks, repairs and pressure testing procedures know how to turn the gas off to your home and will work with proper municipal authorities if necessary to handle all necessary steps to keep your home, business and property safe.  We will work quickly so your family can return home with complete peace of mind.  Your patience is appreciated while we meticulously make our repairs according to standards and codes meant to ensure safety to everyone affected when gas pipe lines leak and need repaired.

What Is Involved In a Gas Line Pressure Test?
A gas line pressure test for evidence of a gas leak (s) is generally done by the following steps by a Fort Worth plumber certified as a gas service technician:

  • All gas piping connections, valves, and appliance connections and valves are inspected to make sure they are secure and in good condition;
  • A gas pressure gauge [such as the Fisher™ Type 50P-2 gas pressure gauge] is connected to a burner orifice;
  • The gas service valve is opened to permit gas to flow into the gas piping distribution system, and then the valve is closed again, securely;
  • The gas pressure gauge should read within industry standards and codes and must hold steady for a stipulated length of time;

This is only a brief description of the procedure and every circumstance is different and always handled by a highly trained Fort Worth plumber licensed and fully knowledgeable in performing gas detection services to get your home back up to code, energy efficient, and safe.  Call us right away if you can smell, hear, or see evidence of a gas line leak.  Some outdoor indicators are dead grass or shrubbery in the middle of live green areas around or near your gas lines, bubbles in the water, and dirt blowing around when there is no wind.   We’ll service your gas line system safely and effectively 24/7.  We are just a phone call away!