What Causes Gas Valves to Leak?
During these Long Island winters, staying warm is a priority. However, if there is a gas leak it could be detrimental to your health. It is important to know the warning signs of a leak and what steps you have to take to ensure everyone in your home or business is safe.
Gas valve leaks occur for many reasons. Either the valve could be very old and corroded, which would mean it’d be a good idea to get it replaced, or there could be a crack in the valve caused from rust or other wear and tear.
But, gas leaks are no joke and need to be taken very seriously. It’s important that you recognize the signs of one so you can have it taken care of as soon as possible.
Signs of a Gas Leak Inside Your Home
- If you ever smell a “rotten egg” odor in your home, it’s a clear sign of a gas leak.
- Listen for a hissing noise coming from areas surrounding gas appliances in your home.
Signs of a Gas Leak Outside Your Home
- Watch for dirt or plants being blown near the home. If there is no natural breeze and yet you see air coming from the ground, that’s a possible sign you have a gas leak.
- Look for bubbling in moist areas around your home. A leak in a gas pipe can cause this to happen.
- Much like plants will be blown by a gas leak, they can also become sickly and die. If you know you’ve been keeping up with your plants, and they die anyway, you probably have a gas leak.
While most gas valve leaks can be repaired, there are some instances when replacement is the better option.
Benefits of Replacement
The most important thing you’ll gain when you replace your gas valve is protection for you and your family. You don’t want carbon monoxide to radiate into your home, and having a brand new one installed will prevent this from happening. The affects of carbon monoxide emission can be fatal, so you don’t want to take that risk!
If you think you have a leaking gas valve in your home or need to install new ones call us at Rebmann Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning today. We are certified professionals and our job is to keep your family safe!