Why does your home have low gas flow?
As galvanized or black iron gas pipes go old, rust and decay build up within the pipe, constricting the flow of gas. As less volume of gas is able to flow from your pipes, it becomes difficult to run multiple appliances at a time and ultimately impossible to run even a single appliance much less a stove or water heater. At the same time that your gas flow is decreased, the rust buildup inside the pipes mingles together with the gas that results in low gas pressure and affects the performance of the appliance. If you have on-going low gas pressure in your house or you have multiple gas leaks then it’s symptomatic that you have rusty gas pipes, the rust will eventually eat through your metal or galvanized pipes, and you will be facing total gas shortage and heating appliances not working at all. A gas repipe is the answer to these issues. Call us today and let our experts give you a free in home estimate. We will show you how we can repipe your home or commercial building the right way, and for less money – guaranteed. Because we know how to prove the gas flow.
Homeowners often encounter slab leaks, rotten egg smell, pinhole leaks in pipes, low gas pressure or many other symptoms brought on by corroded galvanized pipes. The worse in these is the gas leak. If your home was built more than 40 years ago, it is most common to have been constructed using materials that are now known to corrode over time. This corrosion leads to rust and debris buildup in your gas pipes, deterioration and eventually an uncontrollable Gas leak. Many times those problems can only be remedied with a gas repipe.
How to Recognize and Respond to a Natural Gas Leak
Spotting a dry patch of grass in your yard is one of many signs of a potential gas leak. That’s why you should rely on all of your senses:
- A damaged connection to a gas appliance
- Dirt or water being blown into the air
- Dead or dying vegetation (in an otherwise moist area) over or near pipeline areas
- A fire or explosion near a pipeline
- Exposed pipeline after an earthquake, fire, flood or other disaster
- An unusual sound, such as a hissing, whistling or roaring sound near a gas line or appliance
- The distinctive odor of natural gas
Some people may not be able to smell the odor because they have a diminished sense of smell, olfactory fatigue (normal, temporary inability to distinguish an odor after prolonged exposure to the smell of gas) or because the odor is being masked or hidden by other odors that are present, such as cooking, damp, musty or chemical odors. In addition, certain conditions in pipe and soil can cause odor fade – the loss of odorant so that it is not detectable by smell.
What to Do if You Suspect a Gas Leak
If you smell a natural gas odor, hear the hissing sound of gas escaping or see other signs of a leak:
- REMAIN calm.
- DON’T light a match, candle or cigarette.
- DON’T turn electrical appliances or lights on or off or use any device that could cause a spark.
- DON’T call from within the house or building
- IMMEDIATELY EVACUATE the area, and from a safe location, call SoCalGas at 1-800-427-2200, 24 hours a day, seven days a week; or call 911
Repiping is the procedure of replacing existing pipes in a building or home. Most structures built 55 or more years ago contain galvanized gas pipes, or zinc-coated iron pipes. When these pipes age, the zinc lining erodes way, triggering the formation of rust. The pipes must be replaced as soon as this deterioration process begins. Do not wait until you start noticing gas leaks or rotten egg smell. Once you see a gas leak or you smell the rotten egg in your house then it’s time to react!
Give us a call to set up an inspection and our experts will explain to you the benefits of gas repipe and whole house gas leak detection. Seeing the signs of the possible leak or rotten egg smell mean that you have a leak somewhere and that needs to be fixed right away. Now just a pipe repair on the leaking or broken gas pipe doesn’t necessarily means that the problem is fixed forever, but if you consider the safety of your family and neighbors then a whole house a gas line repipe is the best decision.
Contact us today to inspect your gas line and see if you need a repipe, even if the pipe has been repaired recently. California Repipe Specialists guarantees all of our work.