Gas leak repair can provide safety and security for your family and home. Natural gas allows each of us to enjoy the economical benefits of keeping our homes warm, hot water, cooking and the list goes on and on. Without it life just isn’t as enjoyable. When properly utilized, natural gas is safe and clean.
When a leak develops, this useful commodity can turn into a danger for ourselves, family and home. How you handle a situation when a gas leak develops can means the difference between a minor inconvenience and a catastrophic event.
Gas Leak | Steps to Take
When someone smells or suspects a gas leak, your first priority is safety. Is it a strong smell or a slight one because your reaction may differ.
- First, if it is a strong smell then get everyone out of the house and call from outside away from the house.
- After a gas leak is detected, your choice is either calling 911 or your local utilities. The response to this call will most likely end up with the fire department or the utility company shutting your gas off at your meter. Then what?
- They will tell you if it’s safe to return to your home but will not allow the gas to be turned back on until the gas leak repair is performed.
- You are responsible for any gas piping that comes after the gas meter, while the utility company is responsible for the meter and any piping before it.
Gas Line Repair | Who to Call and Why?
Except for the owner of the home, only those who are licensed and qualified to work on gas lines are legally allowed to test and fix your gas line. You as the owner can do the work but we strongly discourage it.
Who you call for gas leak detection can also determine your experience and the impact on your pocket book. First they need to be licensed in your area to work on gas lines.
Since the fire department and your utility company cannot officially make any recommendations for gas leak detection, you may be on your own for this decision.
Procedures to Getting Your Gas Line Repaired and Turned Back On
This is not a straight forward process if you’re not familiar with the procedure. If your gas line was “Yellow Tagged” then your gas line may not have been turned off but you were told to have it repaired ASAP.
If it was turned off then your utility company will allow a licensed gas repair company to make the repairs, test it and turn your gas line back on and verify all gas appliances are working properly. This procedure can change for different areas so ask your utility company.
If your gas line was “Red Tagged” then your gas was turned off and your meter was booted. That means only your utility company will unlock your meter after a permit is obtained and once the gas line was repaired, put on test and your local governing jurisdiction has made a proper inspection and notified them that your gas line is now safe to use again.
This could be a 3 to 5 day process unless your professional has done this before and knows how to speed up the process with an emergency permit and inspection.
Safety First | Things to Consider
Safety is always first but after that timing and expense are major considerations.
When you think about no heat in the winter or no hot water for showers, cleaning dishes or laundry and then not to forget the other unusable gas appliances such as your gas range, gas dryer, gas BBQ it then becomes very clear you want your gas turned back on as soon as possible.
We have completed 1000’s of Denver gas leak repair projects to their safe and operating condition and many times have done this all in one day. How did we accomplish this, its knowing the local utility companies, local jurisdictions including the inspectors themselves for over 35 years and have earned their trust.
We would like to earn your trust and prove to you that we can be there in your time of need with the most cost effective, efficient and respectful methods used in the industry today. Whether you call us with for gas leak repair or for a free inspection* of your gas lines you can be sure that we are fully licensed, insured and trained to handle any gas line need that you have.
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