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. Our plumbers in Orange County 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 the exact location of your gas meter so that you know how to shut it off in case of an emergency.
- Unless you smell a rotten egg smell, hear gas escaping, or notice anything else denoting that gas may be leaking, do not turn off the gas meter.
- When facing the gas meter head-on, you should see a pipe running from the meter to the ground. Approximately 6 to 8 inches above the ground, there is a shutoff valve running parallel with the pipe.
- Take an adjustable wrench, 12-inches or larger, to turn the shutoff valve a quarter-turn in one direction or the other until the valve is perpendicular to the pipe. It is a good idea to always keep a 12-inch or larger wrench in your emergency supplies or even keep it next to the valve.
For safety, every gas appliance should have a shutoff valve installed. This will allow you to turn off the gas at a specific appliance rather than shutting off all gas service at the meter. Again, 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.