If you have gas appliances, congratulations! Appliances powered by natural gas are generally considered to be much more energy efficient than their electric counterparts so your energy bill likely thanks you for your purchase. Unfortunately, with gas-powered appliances comes the possibility of a gas leak which can cause dangerous amounts of carbon dioxide to be released into your home’s air. Learn how to detect a gas leak and what you should do to fix it in today’s blog.
How to Detect a Gas Leak in Your Home Appliances
Ventilate the area
The first step when you want to detect a gas leak is to ensure the area is properly ventilated. Also, be sure that there are no open flames nearby or the possibility of a spark as this could cause a catastrophic fire. Turn off the gas, open all of your windows, and then you’re ready for step 2.
Create a soap solution
You’ll be using a soap solution to detect your leak, so combine a few tablespoons of dishwashing soap into a bucket of water.
Wipe down the effected area
Using a sponge, wipe down the area along the gas line where you think the leak might be. Try not to get it too wet but there should be a thin layer of soap along the line.
Turn on the gas
Turn the gas supply back on and keep an eye on the soapy area of the gas line. If you see any bubbles begin to form, this indicates that there is a leak in your line. If you don’t notice any bubbles then you likely do not have a gas leak on your hands.
How do I fix a gas leak?
Gas line problems require an expert to repair. There are many things that can go wrong during repair and by attempting to fix it yourself, you could run the risk of creating an explosion. An experienced plumber will be able to quickly and effectively get the job done without risking the safety of your home and family.
Think you have a gas leak? Your Montgomery County Plumber Can Help
Got a gas leak? Give Master Plumbing & Mechanical a call at 301-650-9100 and let our experienced plumbers get the job done right. For over 30 years, Master Plumbing & Mechanical has served the Washington, D.C. area, including Silver Spring, Montgomery and Prince George’s county. We’ve built our reputation on recommendations from our satisfied customers. We’ve received Angie’s List Super Service Awards for both plumbing and drain cleaning every year consecutively, going back to 2007, as well as the Best Plumber award from Best of Bethesda. Our company is fully licensed, bonded, and insured and we offer friendly, courteous service with fast response times.