What Do You Do If You Smell Gas?

It is your responsibility to maintain your gas lines, meters, and appliances. However, if you smell gas, your first phone call should be to an experienced gas plumber who can detect the leak and stop it fast. Not only is exposure to gas harmful to your health and an explosive fire hazard but it also costs you money. The meter won't stop reading or charging you just because you have a leak.

Places where gas leaks occur:

  • Gas Pipes
  • Gas Dryers
  • Gas Stoves
  • Gas Hot Water System
  • Gas BBQ
  • Gas Heaters
  • Gas Meters
  • Gas Fireplaces

J Dalton Plumbing is experienced in pinpointing the source of leaks and double checking with highly sensitive leak-detection equipment to ensure that no other leaks occur. 

Anyone Can Have a Gas Leak Without Knowing

Because the gas doesn't always build up an odour outdoors as it does inside, you may not notice leaks in your gas lines or the meter itself. There are even situations where the gas leak is internal and being burned up inside the appliance without anyone realising it. If your gas bill is unusually high, you may have a gas leak somewhere.

You can check for a gas leak by shutting off all your appliances that run on gas and ensuring that the pilot lights are not burning. Then, note the meter reading and write it down. If the meter reading has changed by the following day, you can be sure that the gas is leaking from some union or seal. Only a gas plumber will be able to pinpoint and repair the leaks.

How Do Gas Plumbers Repair Gas Leaks?

Before you contact an expert in gas plumbing services, you should first sniff around to see if you can smell gas. You should pay particular attention to gas appliances. If the gas leak is at the gas fitting, you will likely have to call a gas line fitter to replace the pipe or union to seal the system airtight again. If the source of the leak isn't apparent, bubble leak detection methods and other types of natural gas leak-detection electronic devices can be used to pinpoint the source of the leak.

J Dalton is a licensed gas fitter who is available for gas repair services in the greater Coffs Harbour region, 24 hours a day and seven days a week, including holidays. Whenever you have an emergency, call J Dalton Plumbing, and he will be right over to solve your problem fast without all the guesswork that amateurs do.

What Other Services May Be Necessary?

When searching for a plumber that specialises in gas, be sure to hire someone who offers a full range of gas services. These services can improve the energy efficiency of your system or expand it to accommodate new appliances. You can also invest in basic maintenance to replace aging infrastructure or expand the use of gas lines throughout your property as needed. It would be best if you only trusted a fitter who specialises in the following work throughout the Coffs Harbour area:

  • Installation of new gas lines
  • Replacing existing gas lines
  • Replacing existing gas meters
  • Installing a new gas service
  • Installing more energy efficient gas systems
  • Any other gas needs you may have

Why Can't I Do Gas Repairs Myself?

Although it may seem simple enough to locate an apparent gas leak when you have a problem, most gas leaks are insidious. If they were obvious, owners would notice right away and take steps for emergency repairs.

We know that many customers never notice that the leakage is occurring until they realise that their gas bill is unusually high for a season. The gas bills are sometimes spaced out over the year even when usage is low. This can make it difficult for owners to notice when something is wrong.

If you don't want to see your money go up in smoke or your property, it is best to have an annual check-up. If you have ageing infrastructure, you should have an expert inspect it as soon as possible. Leaks are bound to occur as any gas system ages and, thereby, becomes unstable at the unions and seals. Underground pipes can also corrode and start leaking into the ground in a manner that you would never suspect.

The main reason why you should not try to fix gas leaks yourself is that it is hazardous. If you toy around with systems that you don't understand, it can send your house up in a ball of flames or cause an explosion. When it comes to doing gas repairs, you may not have a second chance to do things correctly. Safety is why it is always important to consult a professional if you suspect that there is a gas leak on your property.

One sign of a gas leak is tenderness in the chest region. Long-term exposure to natural gas can make your nerves react and cause tenderness and sensitivity in the solar plexus region. If you are feeling pain in your solar plexus, do not wait another minute. Call an expert to see if the source may be natural gas leaking insidiously in the building. The problem is that different levels of the home sometimes diffuse the odour. A leak in the basement or a wall may be in an area that has a musty dank smell, to begin with, that is easily overlooked.

Hire A Quality, Local Owner-Operated Business

We are an excellent choice for your gas plumbing. Serving the greater Coffs Harbour area from Woolgoolga in the north to Nana Glen to Urunga in the south, we provide personalised service which is backed by 16+ years experience.

Unlike other companies that send technicians from their call centre, we are an owner operated business. This is great for you because:

  1. You will always know who you will be dealing with to fix the problems - the business owner!
  2. We depend on our local reputation for our growth. This means we will do our level best to make you a happy client so you will call us again when you have a plumbing problem.
  3. We provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee. 

For gas plumbing in the Coffs Harbour area, call James from J Dalton Plumbing on 0423 859 686.