Natural gas is some amazing stuff. We generally take for granted that natural gas will come flowing out of a pipe and into our stove or water heater. The journey that natural gas takes is a long and winding road. The source could be one of a few different things. In places where the gas is close to the surface it actually will bubble out of the ground. Gas bubbling out of the pipes in your home is the last thing that you would ever want, the ramifications of a gas leak can be disastrous. Whole homes are wiped completely off the map every year due to natural gas explosions. The aging infrastructure of pipes in this country is coming up on a critical stage. The pipes in your home are hardly immune to deterioration and failure. The thing about pipes in your home that you need to remember, is the fact that they were all made and installed by humans. The older your gas plumbing is in your home the sooner you should think about a repipe from California Repipe Specialist.
The Life Of a Gas Line
The life expectancy of a gas line (depending upon material) is generally 50 years. Now that might sound like a long time but things like that seem to creep up and become an issue sooner than later. The pipes in your home are basically living on borrowed time and with natural gas pipes, it is even more critical that you make sure they are in optimum condition.
There are several ways to determine if your gas pipes need to be replaced. The most common one is also the most dangerous. The gas company inserts an odor of rotten eggs into the gas coming into your home. If this is something that you smell in your home, it is imperative that you leave your home quickly. The potential for an explosion is great when you can smell the rotten egg smell of natural gas.
Get Your Gas Lines Checked Out
Your natural gas pipes may not be all that old but that doesn’t mean the pipes themselves are in perfect condition. Gas pipes are generally buried underground and that means they are susceptible to all sorts of pressure and seismic activity. A patch of dead grass is one of the easiest ways to tell if your have a natural gas leak underground. Gas pipes are sometimes buried under the slab of your home and if they are damaged it may be difficult to tell. A good way to determine if your pipes are satisfactory is checking the pressure of your gas system. If the pressure is low a pinhole leak or buildup of corrosion may be to blame.
The best way to ensure that your home is safe and the gas pipes are in perfect working condition is to have the California Repipe Specialists evaluate your gas line infrastructure and if need be, perform a gas repipe on your property. The longer you let aging pipes sit unchecked the more trouble you could have in the long run. So give us a call today and rest easy tomorrow.