Gas leaks are among the most urgent and dangerous problems in our line of service. So if you happen to notice a smell similar to that of rotten eggs, it’s definitely a sign of where immediate gas leak repair is paramount. A gas leak puts your household or building at a high risk of damage, so it’s not a matter that you can delay reporting, or something you can attempt to fix on your own.
What to do in case of a gas leak
Before doing anything else, prioritize the safety and evacuation of your family members and pets during a gas leak. If you live in a building, make sure to inform the building manager so appropriate precautionary measures can be initiated.
Ensure you extinguish open flames and leave the doors and windows open upon evacuation. Never attempt to turn on or off any electrical or battery-operated appliances, including light switches. Do not plug or unplug any appliances as well. Doing so can produce a spark from static electricity, which in turn can trigger an explosion. Do not light a match or go for a smoke anywhere near your home.
Next, call the gas company so they can initiate a lock-off to stop any gas from flowing to your home. Or call 911 to report the gas leak. Do not attempt to reenter your home until after a gas company representative has finished their inspection of your home and declared it safe for everyone to go back. They will also be the ones to advise you regarding any required repairs.
If you suspect a gas leak, call San Diego Plumbing and Pipelining immediately
We do recommend you follow the above steps if you are sure there is a gas leak, but if you need a professional gas leak detection service, call us right away, anytime, and we’ll be there.
The thing with calling San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is that they might implement a lockout right away and it can take a few days before service is restored.
But if you call us first, we’ll assess the situation, and if the problem is on the SDG&E side of the meter, we can contact them on your behalf and save you from the stress of a possibly lengthy lockout. If there’s any gas leak repair or repiping work we should do on your side to get your service restored, you can trust us to do a quick, safe and efficient job.
Gas line services by San Diego Plumbing and Pipelining
Aside from delivering professional gas leak detection and repair services, we can also help you with taking preventive measures to ensure the safety of your household. We provide the following services for residential gas lines:
Installation and testing of earthquake shut-off valves
During earthquakes, natural gas piping and appliances can get damaged, leading to gas leaks. If for any reason there is an ignition event, it can result in a devastating fire that can partially damage or raze your home. If you live in an apartment, a fire accident can also ruin part of the building.
Since one in four fire accidents that happen after an earthquake is related to a natural gas leak, the installation of earthquake shut-off valves can be a real lifesaver. With an earthquake shut-off valve in place, you can depend on the spring-loaded valve to trip and shut the gas off automatically in the event of a major earthquake – whether or not someone is at home!
This means your home is protected from earthquake-triggered gas leaks, as well as from explosions and fire accidents originating from gas leaks.
Gas line repiping
If you live in an old home with galvanized or black iron gas pipes that may already be rusting or decaying, it’s advisable to get gas line repiping work done. Also, when there’s low gas pressure in your house or you notice gas leaks, you may end up facing a serious fire accident risk, as well as a total gas shortage. These are things that only a gas repipe can fix, so call us right away.
Our professional and highly experienced technicians are trained in the latest repiping technologies and procedures, so you can trust us to provide high-quality repiping services.
We use only the best products that are designed to last, and we stand by the quality of our work by providing twice the industry’s standard warranty.
Installation of carbon monoxide detector
In San Diego, as of July 1, 2011, all homes are required by law to have carbon monoxide detectors installed. So if you’ve just moved into your new home or you need to replace a faulty carbon monoxide detector, then we have the people you need to do the job right.
Homeowners need to have carbon monoxide detectors installed close to the sleeping area in each section of their home. Homes with more than one story are required to have a carbon monoxide detector on every floor.
With our help, you can stay compliant with the law and ensure the safety of your home.
We’re your reliable partner
We’ve made it our mission to help keep homes safe from hazards arising from gas leaks. You can always trust our professional certified technicians to correctly install and ensure your gas appliances are vented and safe. All of our people undergo strict background checks and mandatory testing since we know that our integrity as a business and the safety of our customers depend on their able hands.
With San Diego Plumbing and Pipelining as your go-to partner for gas leak and repair, as well as other gas line services, you won’t need to wait longer than is necessary to get your problem fixed.
And if you do happen to get your gas service locked out due to a gas leak, please call us immediately so we can go to your place, assess and test the system, secure the needed permit, find the leak and fix it. We’ll also be there during inspection to give your system a final run-through.