Repairing a Gas Line Pipe: What You Need to Know

Projections show the global pipeline & process services market will reach a value of $4 billion by 2025.

It’s important to maintain gas lines, but from time to time there will be leaks. If you have a gas line pipe leak it’s important you know how to detect it, and what you should do about it.

To find out what you need to know about gas pipe leaks, keep reading.

Signs of a Leak

A gas leak can be incredibly dangerous, so one of the most important things to know is how to detect one.

Most gas leaks are first noticed because of the smell. Natural gas is actually odorless, but gas lines have sulfur added specifically for this reason. The sulfur gives off a smell similar to rotten eggs and is very powerful to make it more noticeable.

If you notice white clouds or mist around your property this could be due to a gas leak. You can sometimes notice specific signs around the gas line itself –  if it’s near a window there may be more condensation than usual, and a gas leak is likely to kill any plants nearby.

A leak can also create a hissing or roaring sound, so if you suspect a leak this can help you locate it. Sometimes a clanging/banging noise can also indicate a gas leak.

Some other signs include:

  • Fatigue
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Increased gas bills

Potential Repair Mistakes

When gas lines leak there are several common mistakes people make that you want to avoid.

Gas companies can sometimes misdiagnose the cause. If you’ve had repair work carried out and are still noticing signs of a leak, the first company may have not found the right cause. This happens sometimes, so you’ll want to make sure you’ve hired a reliable company like RAK Industrial Services to make sure the job is done properly.

Striking a match is one of the worst things you can do. If there’s a gas leak it can be hard to determine the severity of it. Any spark or open flame could result in an explosion.

Something else people sometimes do is nothing. Leaving the problem and hoping it goes away itself simply won’t help.

Trying to repair it yourself rather than getting a professional company to help is also a bad idea. You might think it will save you money, but pipeline repair is very difficult, and if it isn’t done properly it will only lead to further problems (and costs) in the future.

What You Should Do

In the event of a gas leak, the first thing you should do is turn off the gas. This will stop more gas from leaking and will keep everyone safe.

Next, you should get everyone out of the building and away from any connected fuel lines. After this, you will want to contact a gas line repair service suck as RAK Industrial Maintenance to assess the situation.

Professional Gas Line Pipe Service

RAK Industrial Maintenance specializes in carbon-fiber repair to industrial gas line pipe systems. We offer 24-hour emergency service so we can get out to you at any time.

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