The Signs of Broken Gas Pipes
You can usually see the signs of a broken or leaking gas pipe. Keep an eye out for these potential signals:
Higher Gas Bills
If you receive more expensive natural gas bills than usual for no apparent reason, you may have a leak. Your local gas company may interpret a leak as intentional usage and charge you for it despite the gas not powering any appliances.
Dying Patches of Vegetation
Construction workers bury a part of the gas piping underground. Faulty landscaping, earthquakes, or tree root expansion could damage the pipes. If this happens, the gas will begin killing the vegetation in the specific area of the pipe damage, causing a patch of dying plants.
A Sulfur Smell
Natural gas used for many gas appliances is both invisible and scentless. However, gas companies add sulfur-containing odorants to the gas specifically to aid in leak detection. Be wary if you smell a rotten egg-like scent for no visible reason, and shut off any gas valves just in case.
A Hissing Sound
Be wary of unexplained hissing noises, especially when accompanied by the smell of sulfur. Sometimes gas escapes the pipes through faulty valves or small cracks in the pipes. When pressurized gas leaks, it makes a hissing noise that you may be able to hear.
Why You Should Call a Professional
In the event of a gas leak, you should call on a licensed professional to replace the pipes. Replacing gas pipes is not a DIY project due to the hazardous nature of gas exposure and incorrect handling. Long-term exposure to natural gas can cause disorientation, nausea, and even death.
Also, licensed professionals know that different gas appliances require different piping lengths. For example, a fire pit or gas water heater need different piping lengths and widths depending on their proximity to the gas meter. Technicians learn specific math to calculate the length of piping required for each installation depending on the appliance.
Without that knowledge, you could incorrectly install a gas pipe and cause problems for yourself and your environment.
You should call a licensed professional for gas line installation in Pacifica, CA. Not only will you be safe from harm, but your plumbing technicians can ensure your gas appliances maintain a good gas connection. We work to ensure we do not have to return for the same problem twice.
How We Can Help
Our licensed and trained technicians install gas pipes for many appliances, including but not limited to:
- Fire pits and fireplaces
- Cooking appliances: ovens, stoves, cooktops, etc.
- Water heaters
- Outdoor kitchens
Our expertise ensures we can handle both residential and commercial installations. We’ve helped many in the Pacifica area and we’re sure we can help you too. No matter your gas line issue, our workers have the knowledge and skill to keep you satisfied and safe.
Gas line installations can cost $1000 or more, especially if the leak is under concrete. We offer financing options through GreenSky for fair interest rates and more payment flexibility with approval. If you become a Rocket Service member, we also have 10% discounts on all services with waived call-out fees.
We also charge by the job rather than by the hour to save you money!