Its popularity as a clean burning fuel has made natural gas the fuel of choice for many homes. In spite of the fuel’s advantages, sometimes gas line re-piping is necessary. That’s because the pipes that deliver gas to your home don’t function as cleanly if they become damaged over time. Pipes made from galvanized or black iron often rust, causing decay to build up. This build-up decreases the amount of room the gas has, leading to a reduction in flow.
When multiple appliances depend on the efficient delivery of gas to function, everything in your home is affected. The gas and build-up combine to cause low gas pressure. Then, the appliances don’t get the full supply of gas they need for optimal performance.
Signs of Rusty or Corroded Gas Pipes
The loss of gas flow is the first symptom you have rust and corrosion in your pipes. The build-up of corrosion will gradually eat through the pipe, causing pinholes to develop. Many homeowners begin to encounter slab leaks. You may also experience a rotten egg smell.
The problem only gets worse over time. Gas leaks and low-pressure are symptoms of rusty gas pipes. If you ignore the problem, the rust will eventually eat through your pipes. This will result in a total loss of gas and a failure of all your gas-fueled appliances.
Repairing Damaged Gas Lines
Once you experience the signs of a gas leak, it’s time to repair the pipes. Any amount of free gas inside your home is a serious hazard. Don’t light a match or turn electrical appliances, including lights, on and off. Leave your home and go to a safe location. Call for an emergency gas line re-piping service.
Re-piping is a method of replacing your pipes without removing the existing pipes. A lining is placed inside the pipes and allowed to cure. Once in place, the new “pipe within a pipe” makes a stronger, safer new pipe that doesn’t leak. It is also resistant to corrosion and rust, unlike those made of standard galvanized metal. It’s a long-lasting solution that helps keep you and your family safe from gas leaks. It also takes a lot less time than replacing the pipes so you can get back into your home faster.
Gas line re-piping is the best solution for leaking gas lines but it's something you want to take care of sooner rather than later to prevent a gas leak. Contact San Diego Plumbing and Pipelining if you have slow gas pressure or any of the other signs of rusted, corroded gas pipes. We offer 24/7 services at no extra charge.