Although natural gas is colorless and odorless, scents (in the form of traces of mercaptans) are usually added to assist in identifying gas leaks. This odor commonly takes the form of rotting eggs. If you detect this scent, you should evacuate the area immediately. Do not light fires or cigarettes, and do not operate electrical appliances, light switches, or phones, as these may act as points of ignition. Once in a safe area, contact your natural gas provider.
Once the gas company has determined that you have a gas leak, they will turn off your service. In order to have your service turned back on, you will need a licensed plumber to detect, locate, and repair the section where the gas leak exists. For help with gas leak detection or repair, rely on the experts at Power Pro Plumbing Heating & Air. We can also assist you with emergency gas shutoff services to protect your home and yourself in the event of an earthquake.
Get in touch with our team today; call (800) 260-7187 or contact us online for gas line services in Orange County, Ontario, or throughout the South Bay or Greater Los Angeles Area.
How to Shut Off Your Gas in Case of an Emergency
An emergency earthquake shutoff valve is your best insurance to stay safe during an earthquake. This device is installed between your gas meter and the house. In the event of a major earthquake, the unit will cut off the gas supply to the house, preventing gas leaks (due to pipe breakage) that can cause the whole house to burn down, which is the number-one cause for earthquake-related property damage.
Even if you do not have an emergency earthquake shutoff valve, you should still know how to shut off your home’s gas supply in the event of an emergency:
- First, make sure you know exactly where your gas meter is located so that in the event of an emergency, you know how to shut it off.
- Do not turn off your meter unless you smell gas, hear the sound of gas escaping, or see other signs of a leak.
- As you face the meter, you will see a pipe running from the ground to the meter. Approximately 6 to 8 inches above the ground, there is a shutoff valve running parallel with the pipe.
- Take a 12-inch (or larger) adjustable wrench and turn the valve a quarter-turn in either direction until the valve is crosswise to the pipe (Keep a 12-inch [or larger] adjustable wrench with your emergency supplies or next to your valve).
For safety, a shutoff valve should be installed at every gas appliance. If a gas leak occurs at a specific appliance, the valve will permit you to turn off the gas at the appliance rather than shutting off all gas service at the meter. Some valves require a wrench to turn them, so it is important to keep one in your home’s emergency kit or in a handy area of your home.
Contact Power Pro Plumbing Heating & Air Today
If you need gas line services in Orange County or any of the surrounding areas, we are prepared to act quickly to get the job done. In addition to gas leak detection and emergency earthquake shutoff valve installation, we offer gas line installation and repair. Our technicians are professionally trained and certified to handle all types of gas leak and gas line issues.
Call (800) 260-7187 or submit an online contact form today to schedule your appointment.