What Causes Gas Line Leaks?

What Causes Gas Line Leaks?


Gas leaks can come unexpected at the worst of times, and can end up causing some serious damage not only to the underlying pipe system of your home, but it also threatens the safety and well-being of friends and family members inside of the house. For this reason, it's vitally important to take evasive action whenever early signs of a gas line leak are detected. A gas line leak comes with a number of negative possibilities, such as the chance of there being a fire, an explosion, or rising levels of dangerous carbon monoxide.

Here are a few common causes of gas line leaks. But no matter the cause or severity of the damage, it's important to contact a professional plumbing company immediately after any signs or symptoms.

Everyday Appliances
Chances are you have an appliance in your home that uses natural gas or propane to generate heat, such as: a water heater, stove, dryer, or fireplace. With time, the seals that hold and connect the piping of these appliances can wear out and corrode. The corrosion of these seals and pipes can easily cause gas leaks into your home.

Poor Piping
Underneath your home lies a maze of a crisscrossing pipes that bring gas into the pipe connectors of your appliances. This piping system can become faulty and erode with time. Sometimes the pipes will wear out and just disconnect, and sometimes they can be disconnected by something like surrounding tree roots. Poor piping is extremely common with older homes, and can allow gas to seep into the home.

Lack Of Ventilation
High levels of carbon dioxide can be emitted from malfunctioning appliances that generate heat. It is the byproduct of heat generating appliances and items. Larger items, such as a home heating system, generate carbon dioxide but are able to eliminated it with an exhaust fan or chimney. But if something happens to the exhaust fan or the chimney somehow becomes clogged, carbon dioxide can fill up inside a home. The bad thing about carbon dioxide is that it is odorless, and because of this, carbon dioxide levels should be monitored frequently.

Gas leaks are serious problems and must be fixed as soon as possible! If yo suspect a gas leak in your Elgin home contact S & D Plumbing, our experts will find the leak/s and fix them on the spot.

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