Gas lines are an important part of any residential home. However, there can also be dangers associated with those gas lines. This is why it is important when any gas work, installation or refitting is performed, it must be done by a qualified professional. Your life depends on the work of that professional.
Gas Leak Testing – A gas leak test can be perform to determine if the gas systems is leaking. We install a special pressure gauge assembly on the gas riser at the meter, then pump air into the gas system. At that point we watch the gauge meter for a period of time typically 15 minutes to verify that the gauge hand is not moving. This method tests the entire gas system, which is the yard service and house service. Sometimes we can also take the gas line apart at the house and install the pressure gauge assembly there to just test what is in the house.
Gas Leak Detection – In-House can detect for leaks, using several different methods. We can isolate the leak to the house or yard in many cases by shutting the gas off to the house at the shut of valve. If it is determined to be in the yard gas service, there are a few fittings we can check with soap bubbles to check for escaping air, however if those fittings are not leaking, it will then be necessary to replace the entire yard service to repair the leak(s). If the leak is determined to be the house, we can again use soap bubbles to check for escaping air, that is on the gas lines in the attic, under a pier and beam home, or at the gas hook-ups. Once the leak is located inside the house we can develop the best plan of action for repairs.
Gas Leak Repair – In many cases this step will require that a permit is pulled with your particular city municipality. Once that is done, or it is determined it is not necessary, we can begin the necessary procedures to repair the gas leak. Leak found inside the home, will in many cases require that the pipe is taken apart and reconnected to stop the leak, leaks found above ground on the outside will typically require the same thing, however leaks determined to be outside underground will typically require the replacement of the entire underground line. This will in some many case require some sort of excavation, whether it be trenching or boring in order to replace that gas plumbing line. If a permit is required, it will also require in many cases that the gas system be brought up to current building code standards, if this is necessary, this will also be done at the repair stage.