There are many different plumbing emergencies with many different solutions. Most people are likely familiar with water-based emergencies like bursting pipes, overflowing toilets, or clogged sewer lines. These are certainly all major emergencies that require immediate attention from an emergency plumber. They can all have long-lasting effects on your health and the integrity of your house and, thus, must be remedied quickly and effectively. Still, there might be another plumbing issue that’s more insidious than these. When a gas leak occurs, plumbers are generally the ones that people call. Although you might not associate gas lines with plumbing in most cases, they actually fall within the realm of a plumber’s core duties.
Of course, gas leaks require two immediate actions. The first is to get as far away from the house as you can. Gas leaks have the potential to be hazardous to your lungs, but they can also be highly flammable. Any stray sparks here or there can ignite the gas and cause something of a disaster. Of course, this is rare, but there is certainly a chance of it happening. If you know where the gas meter is and the gas shut-off valve and you know how to use the shut-off valve, then you can certainly try to turn the gas off. Some people, however, don’t have the tools or the know-how to adequately get the gas shut off, so the best course of action is get you and your loved ones safely out of the house.
Next, you should give a call to your local emergency plumber. It doesn’t matter what time of night or day that a gas leak occurs, because plumbers are generally available around the clock. They’re also potentially more responsive than the actual gas company. It can take the gas company hours to make it to your house while a plumber could be there in mere minutes. They will have all the tools and the know-how to get your gas shut off and your house safe again. Of course, they will likely try to found the source of the leak so they can better diagnose the problem and be able to fix it.
A gas leak is something that you should certainly not leave up to chance. Generally, most gas found in the home will have a distinct odor that will indicate to you a certain danger. First and foremost, it’s important to get out of the house. Calling your emergency plumber might not be the first thing that pops into your mind, but it could be just the thing to save your house from any extensive damage. Of course, knowing how to turn the gas off on your own is certainly a plus, but if you don’t know how or you don’t have the tools, then you’re going to need the help of a professional.
Matt is an emergency plumber in the United Kingdom an has years of experience to contribute.
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