We may not need to run our heating systems all that much in this part of the country, certainly not the way that they have to run them in the Northeast, but that does not mean that we don’t have a lot of use for natural gas around here. From outdoor fire pits and grills to water heaters and ovens/ranges, there are plenty of opportunities for making use of this outstanding resource. Of course, you need to make use of it safely.
This is not to say that natural gas is any more dangerous than other fuel sources, mind you. After all, any combustible fuel does carry with it an inherent amount of risk in its use. Working with professionals and using that fuel appropriately, however, will really help to mitigate any risks that there may be. Today, we have some tips that will help you to use natural gas safely. Remember to leave your gas piping services to the pros here at The Sunny Plumber Las Vegas.
We’ll Stress That Again—Leave Them to us!
Okay, so you are welcome to schedule your gas piping services with any trained, professional, licensed plumber. We hope (and suspect) that you’ll choose us after exploring this site, but the important thing is that you work with a professional. Why? Well, there is actually a legality issue at play.
That’s right, even professionals in the trades are not just welcome to come onto the job site and go about piping gas to your home. It is a specialized service that plumbers and plumbers alone can handle. Do not make the mistake of trusting someone claiming that they can do the job without showing you the proper documentation for doing so.
Learn the Signs of a Leak!
While hiring qualified individuals to handle your gas piping services is obviously the first major step toward guaranteeing that you are using natural gas safely, you also have to keep in mind that there really is no way in which to guarantee you’ll never run into trouble with your gas piping system.
That is why it is so important that you learn to spot the signs of a leak.
Exposure to natural gas can be lethal at a certain level, and there is always the risk of explosion when dealing with leaks. Again, we are not saying this to dissuade you from using natural gas. We just want you to use it safely.
- You’ll notice the odor first. This stench of rotten eggs is deliberately foul, so there’s no chance of you just ignoring. Natural gas is actually odorless, and this additive causing the odor is a safety precaution.
- Look for dying plants or vegetation in the yard near the gas line. This could indicate that they’re being poisoned by a leak.
- See dust and dirt blowing up into the air? No, it’s not some bizarre phenomenon that proves the paranormal (at least, it’s probably not!). It could be the pressure of a gas leak underground at work.