Latta Plumbing: Your Gas Line Repair Experts
Gas Line leaks can be serious threats to your property. If you are in need of an inspection or a repair, call us today at 205-631-6445.
Gas leaks can be extremely dangerous, which makes their quick detection very important to your safety. Luckily, Latta Plumbing is here to help and instruct you during these situations. With over 40 years of experience, our technicians will leave your gas line in top-notch conditions.
How Can I Spot a Gas Line Leak?
There are a few different signs that can indicate if a home has a gas leak, some of which appear inside of the home, and others outside. If there is a smell of gas within the home, or if there is hissing around an appliance that uses gas, then there is a gas leak.
Signs that appear outside of the home include plants seeming to be affected by wind that can’t be felt anywhere else (this would be the air escaping from the gas pipe), odd bubbling in areas around the house that are particularly moist, and plants in a specific area that are dying for seemingly no reason. All of these signs should help the homeowner pinpoint an area where the gas leak could exist. By wetting the area of the pipe where the gas leak is suspected with soapy water, it will be easy to look for bubbles that will identify the precise location of the leak.
How Does Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Occur?
Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when a person is exposed to elevated levels of carbon monoxide for an extended period of time. When this practically undetectable gas is inhaled, it binds to the hemoglobin in the blood. Hemoglobin is found in red blood cells, the cells that are used to carry oxygen from the heart to the rest of your body.
Instead, they will be transporting carbon monoxide through the body, depriving it of the oxygen that it needs to survive. Poisoning at low levels will result in symptoms that resemble those of the flu.
High levels of exposure could involve permanent brain and heart damage and loss of consciousness. To keep these situations from happening, it is advised to have carbon monoxide detectors at home.
How Should I Maintain My Gas Lines?
The easiest way to keep gas lines maintained is to hire a professional natural gas piping company to regularly inspect the pipes. When the pipes are inspected, a number of different unsafe conditions will be looked for, including rusting and leaks resulting from extensive use of the pipes.
These issues will immediately be repaired, allowing the system to remain as safe as possible and preventing the spread of carbon monoxide and other dangerous gases. Professionals should be regularly hired to inspect the natural gas lines that are located underground, they will have all of the tools necessary to detect any leaks.
For more information about gas line leaks or to schedule an inspection, call Latta Plumbing at 205-631-6445.