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Gas Leaks Canberra

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Gas leaks should never be taken lightly. They can pose a serious threat if left unchecked. The scary thing is that they occur more frequently than you might think, often as a result of pipe corrosion, poor quality of assembly, or old valves.

A gas leak can result in making you feel fatigued. This is because the body is not receiving an adequate amount of oxygen. If the fatigue is because of a leak, anyone affected should recover quickly if they leave the area. However, you should be able to detect a gas leak due to the smell alone. You might also notice other symptoms, such as dead plants or hear a hissing sound.

If you do detect a gas leak, turn off the main gas supply and go outside. Do not smoke or use electronic devices, and do not light up any open flame.

Call Fluid Plumbing & Gas Services on 📞 0411 169 327 to deal with the potentially devastating issue of leaks and pipe repair.

If required we can install a new system for peace of mind and increased efficiency.

What are the signs of a leak in your home?

While sometimes, it might seem difficult to detect gas leak directly from the source, there are different signs to look out for in your home.

Smell of Rotten Eggs

Gas suppliers tend to add a chemical to natural gas, called Mercaptan. This chemical gives natural gas a noticeable odour. Because of this odour, families can detect a gas leak in their homes at an early stage. If you notice the smell of sulphur or rotten eggs in your home, it’s important to consider this a sign of gas leak. You should immediately take your family to walk to a neighbour’s house and call a certified plumber to look at the matter.

Unhealthy Houseplants

Having a gas leak undetected for a long time will mean there won’t be enough Oxygen in the house to breathe. This will result in you noticing symptoms like dead and unhealthy houseplants in the bedroom, kitchen or dining room. The important thing to note is that severe leaks will not only have an effect on the plants, but will also have other deadly consequences if left unresolved.

Fatigue and Sickness

Constant exposure to the leaks in your house or apartment might cause some deadly symptoms including sickness, nausea, headaches, weakness and suffocation. You should immediately call an ambulance if you feel sick or abnormal, to confirm if you’ve been exposed to gas poisoning.

Dead Bushes and Grass

In most of the houses, there is a large quantity of gas pipes underneath that provide natural gases to the hardware and appliances. If there’s a crack in the gas line in the ground, the gas will be released and will absorb the oxygen around. Without having sufficient supply of oxygen, the grass and bushes in your yard will begin to look unhealthy or even die. Watch out for dead leaves on the bushes and yellow grass as noticeable symptoms of gas leaking from the pipes underneath.

Skin Irritation

The leaks from behind a wall or ceiling can result in noticeable skin irritation in some individuals. Blisters or numbness can be caused on the skin in the presence of a large abundance of natural gas in the air. Being exposed to carbon monoxide for a prolonged period of time can result in skin discolouration and other issues.

Discoloured Flames

Gas furnaces are designed to produce hot blue flames when activated. Having a yellow flame can indicate ventilation issues with your appliances. Contact a professional to confirm if there really is a gas leak in your house.

As highlighted above, there can be a number of symptoms of gas leaks in your home. The best way to avoid deadly symptoms, it is important to appoint a reliable contractor to perform regular furnace tune-up appointments. These licensed technicians will examine the heat exchanger to look for signs of cracks, ensuring there are no additional problems that might lead to leaks. Because carbon monoxide problems are likely to occur when there are airflow problems in the furnace, it is a good idea to change the filters regularly.

How much does it cost to fix this type of leak?

The overall cost of hiring a gas fitter or gas plumber in an emergency will depend on a few factors such as the scope of leak, your location as well as the location of the actual leak occurring. Initially, you will need to pay a call-out fee, which is also referred to as a service fee. This will usually need to be paid before the plumber or gas fitter commences any work.

Depending on the factors, it may cost anywhere between $40 and $100. After this initial investigation, the technician will provide you with a quote to carry out the job. Usually, these quotes are based on the hours required to complete the job as well as any parts that will be required.

It is always a good idea to have a gas repair service handy in the event of an emergency. Keep our number in your phones in case of any emergency – call us at 0411 169 327 and our staff will be available 24/7 to help resolve your issue.

How long does it take to fix it?

As stated above, the actual time taken to fix a gas leak can vary a lot, depending on the nature of the job and the locations of the leaks. Depending on the labour rates in your area and the quality of service you hire, fixing a gas leak can take anywhere from 4 to 6 hours of labour.

However, it can also take much less time. For example, simply replacing a flex gas line will take only around 10 minutes to replace and would fall into the minimum service call category for most contractors.

Why Choose Us?

Fluid Plumbing and Gas Services is a trusted name among residents of Canberra. We pride ourselves in being a quality service provider with a very high satisfaction rate. Here are some of the reasons why you should choose us:

  • Honest and Reliable. Here at Fluid Plumbing, our core values are honesty, integrity and transparency. We’ve become known for these core values in Canberra and we translate this in every service we provide – from the moment you call us to the moment we finish the job.
  • We Are Local. Unlike some nationwide names that are too busy expanding their business and not focused on the quality of the service, Fluid Plumbing is a locally owned and operated business. We have always worked on supporting our local community with our team also based in Canberra. This also gives us the advantage of understanding the plumbing issues that might be specific to residents of Australia’s capital city.
  • Fully Licensed and Insured. To guarantee our clients complete peace of mind, we are fully licensed and insured. This ensures that each job is carried out to the highest standards, risk-free.
  • Quality Service in a Budget. Despite being a fully licensed and insured company with hundreds of happy clients, we’ve always kept a very competitive pricing on all of our services. We truly believe that good work should not mean being the most expensive. In fact, staying true to our values of being honest and transparent means we always quote the most reliable and competitive price for every job, with excellent communication.
  • Emergency Call Outs. We understand that gas leak problems can happen at any hour, on any day. So if you’ve got a plumbing problem at an unexpected hour then we will be there. We offer emergency call outs for all of your plumbing, drainage and gas needs.
  • 12 Years in Business. We didn’t develop a spotless reputation overnight. Being in the industry for over 12 years has made us who we are. We have clients who have been with us since the time we started our business, and they are more like family to us.

How To Repair Gas Leaks in Canberra?

The general sequence would be:

  1. Turn off the Gas.
  2. Remove the Covers.
  3. Detach the Gas Line.
  4. Remove The Residue Gas Pressure.
  5. Clean the Line.
  6. Scuff the Surface.
  7. Attach the Gas Line.
  8. Apply the Epoxy.

Of course, doing all of this yourself is a little foolish, aside from turning off the gas. It is best to call in the experts in order to repair a gas leak.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT GAS LEAKS IN CANBERRA

What do I do if I smell gas?

What to do:

  • Open your doors and windows to allow fresh air in.
  • Close the gas at the mains tap, which you can usually find near the meter.
  • Vacate the property.
  • Phone reliable technicians like Fluid Plumbing. Make sure you use the mobile phone from outside and not inside the property.
  • Follow any advice the team gives over the phone.
    Wait outside until the gas engineer arrives.
  • In case you feel unwell, you should call the emergency number or visit hospital immediately. Tell them that you might have been exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning due to a gas leak.

What NOT to do:

  • Light a match, smoke or use any naked flame.
  • Turn on or off any electrical switches.
  • Use mobile phones, doorbells or any other electrical switches, since they might cause a spark.

Can this type of leak cause health problems?

Each year, many people around the world unfortunately die from the leaks and the deadly explosions they cause. Moreover, a much larger population falls sick due to constant exposure to natural gas leaking in their house. Many times, people are suffering from minor or severe symptoms of gas leakage, without knowing. Some of the common symptoms deteriorating health due to gas leakage include:

  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Nausea
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Bright red lips
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Chest pains
  • Pink skin
  • Fatigue

Will a carbon monoxide detector detect a gas leak?

Generally, most carbon monoxide detectors will be useless when it comes to detecting leaks of natural gas, because they are entirely different types of gas. Most of the fire detectors will only detect carbon monoxide and not natural gas. This is perhaps because carbon monoxide is generally considered a greater and a more “immediate” threat. Even though natural gas is more volatile, it is also much easier to detect without a detector, as discussed above.

However, you can now get gas detectors that will detect a variety of different leaks to give you additional peace of mind. Installing these detectors makes sense if you have a number of appliances using natural gas within the home, or if you have the older gas-powered appliances that are prone to leaks.

How does a plumber find a leak?

While you can detect a gas leak on your own, finding the source or the actual location requires specialist help. Our plumbers use professional gas leak detection equipment that can quickly and accurately locate the source of the gas leak, including leaks under the house or behind a wall. Sometimes, ground microphones or listening discs are used to find the hissing sound of a gas leak. Combined with an acoustic amplifier, the sound can be amplified in places that might be too difficult to locate otherwise. Once the rough location has been identified, the plumber uses techniques on the area to point out the actual area the gas is leaking from.

What Causes Gas Lines To Leak?

Household gas line leaks are common. The gas line most commonly leaks at the threaded fitting. Leaks are usually the result of pipe corrosion, low-quality lines, and fittings, poor hookup assembly, defective pipe threads, or old valves.

Are Indoor Gas Heaters Safe?

Unsafe gas heaters can cause a house fire or pollute your home with dangerous fumes including carbon monoxide. Having your gas heater serviced at a minimum of every two years by a qualified gas fitter can help keep your family safe. Some gas heaters have been identified as posing a serious health risk.

Call Fluid Plumbing & Gas Services on 📞0411 169 327 for gas leaks Canberra or if you need to upgrade to a safer and more energy efficient model.

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