Do You Have a Gas Leak?
Suspect a gas leak on one of your appliances? Call Mr Emergency today!
A gas leak is an emergency and potentially life threatening if not detected and repaired as soon as possible. At Mr Emergency Plumbing we can have a fully certified gas fitter to your home within the hour* in the case of emergencies.
There are a few ways in which you can keep an eye out for gas leaks on your appliances. If you notice any of the following, call a licensed and professional gas fitter immediately.
Natural gas is actually odourless but it has a strong scent added to it by gas suppliers so leaks can easily be detected. You may be able to ascertain where the leak is issuing from if you go near your gas appliances and smell the air around them. The pungent smell will be stronger around the appliance that is leaking. Immediately shut off the appliance.
A hissing sound coming from your appliance would indicate a gas leak, if a hissing sound is heard you should also be able to smell the gas odour along with it.
If you believe you may have a bad connection to the natural gas line, there is a method where you mix soap and water together, dip your finger in the solution and rub it onto your gas connection. If bubbles appear then you have a leak in your connection.
Pilot lights and gas burner flames should always be blue, if the flame is yellow or red then this indicates a problem.
If you have a radiant gas heater and notice a visible flame beyond the immediate surface of the tile this could indicate a faulty appliance. Turn off the heater instantly.
If you notice small patches of water or dirt being blown around in your garden but there is no wind, or areas of dying grass, these signs can indicate a gas leak.
If you notice that you are getting dizzy, tired, nauseous, short of breath, weak or developing headaches whenever you are using your gas heater, this could mean that the heater or flue is not working correctly. These health changes could be a sign of gas poisoning relating to carbon monoxide being emitted from your heater or flue. Gas poisoning is a serious health concern for you and your family. If you notice any of these symptoms, stop using your gas heater and call a licensed, professional gas fitter.
Gas Meter Check
If you believe you may have a gas leak but do not notice any of the above signs, you can do a gas meter reading check. Turn off all of your gas appliances, including all pilot lights, take a reading of your gas meter, do not turn any of your gas appliances back on during this time, and then check your gas meter again in a few hours. If the numbers have risen then there is most likely a gas leak somewhere on your property. You may also have an indication of an undetected leak if you receive a higher than usual energy bill.
Reporting a Gas Leak
If you have detected a gas leak on your property you should follow the steps below:
- Turn off all of your gas and electrical appliances, including all pilot lights
- Open doors and windows to ventilate your property
- Turn off your main gas supply and electricity at their meters
- Call Mr Emergency Plumbing to have a fully qualified gas fitter at your property within the hour* (You should not use your phone around a gas leak – it is best to call from outside or in a well-ventilated area)
- If the smell is extremely strong and persistent, you should call 000 and evacuate the area
Mr Emergency Can Help
The more you know about natural gas and what to look out for, the quicker you can respond if you notice any problems. If you suspect a gas leak on your appliances call Mr Emergency. We are the specialists when it comes to servicing, leak detection, repairs and pipe replacements.
The fully licensed gas fitters from Mr Emergency are also able to issue you with a certificate of compliance upon completion of all gas works, which ensures all work has been carried out correctly.
In an emergency you want a professional – look no further than Mr Emergency Plumbing for a trusted, reliable service with customer satisfaction guaranteed. Our service promise includes:
- Fully qualified and licensed gas fitters who take regular refresher courses
- One year warranty on all workmanship, parts and materials
- Comprehensive public liability insurance
- Always arrive on time
- Fixed prices and interest free payment plans
- Certificates of compliance issued in line with government standards and regulations
Interest Free Plans
Here at Mr Emergency, we understand that gas leaks have to be fixed and that you don’t always have the funds available to pay for the work immediately. That’s why we offer our customers a range of $0 deposit, interest free payment plans**. You get to choose between weekly and fortnightly repayment options. The application process is easy, with most of our customers getting accepted straight away. Our plumbers can set you up when at your place and once you’re approved they can start work immediately. You can also pay with cash or cheque. Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card payments can be made using the facilities in our vans.
Getting a qualified gas fitter to your place fast just takes a call to the team at Mr Emergency. Contact us today for a gas leak service.