Gas line repair and appliance hook up require the help of trained professionals to ensure your safety. Jerry’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning has been the go-to gas pipe repair and installation company in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties for over two decades.
Our clean, prompt, professional technicians are highly skilled and have years of experience, so you can trust them to do the job right the first time.
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Santa Maria Gas Line Services
Natural gas travels to your home or office through pipelines and connects to your residential or commercial utility gas meter. This meter is usually located outside your structure in an area readily accessible by your utility company.
The meter will typically have a metal pipe connecting from the ground to a metering unit that connects to your home or office. It delivers and meters the natural gas used for many purposes; gas appliances, water heaters, furnaces, BBQs, etc.
Although most gas lines are made of metal, such as steel or copper, some are made from plastic. Due to safety and federal regulations, gas lines carry odorized gas at low pressures, such as 6 psi, in narrow pipes no larger than 2 inches.
Natural gas consumption is decreasing because today’s gas-powered appliances are more efficient than ever before, and utility-sponsored energy conservation programs lower our energy needs, keeping gas prices low.
However, because so many residents rely on natural gas, there’s always a concern about gas leaks, which can be dangerous. Because natural gas is highly volatile, it’s essential that you entrust your gas line repair and gas appliance installation to a reputable plumbing company like Jerry’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.
Signs You Need Gas Line Repair
A gas line leak can be catastrophic for your family and home. Not only do gas leaks affect your health, but they can also lead to a fire or explosion in severe cases. That’s why it’s crucial to know the signs that your gas lines need repair so you can call a professional for replacement to ensure your family’s safety.
Rusted Gas Lines
Most of your gas lines are made of metal because it’s durable and less prone to breaks. However, time takes its toll on metal, causing it to deteriorate, leading to gas leaks and broken pipes. If you notice rust or corrosion on your visible gas lines, it’s safe to assume the ones you can’t see are in bad shape as well.
Another sign that you need gas pipe repair is if you hear hissing sounds coming from a gas appliance. If you hear a hissing noise that suggests you have a gas leak, shut off the main gas supply valve and call a plumber for emergency repairs.
Rotten Egg Odor
The most obvious sign of a gas leak is if you smell sulfur or a rotten egg odor. Since natural gas is odorless, gas suppliers add a chemical to give it its distinctive smell. If you notice this odor in your home, shut off the gas, evacuate the house, and call for repairs as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, gas pipe repair isn’t a DIY fix; you need a professional to do it correctly and safely. Jerry’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning has expert technicians highly trained in gas pipe repair, and we’re always ready to help.
Please read our recent customer reviews to see what other Santa Maria homeowners think about our work.
Why You Need a Professional Gas Fitter
We understand that many homeowners want to save a few bucks doing their own household repairs. However, some repairs are better left to experienced professionals, including anything that involves natural gas.
Here are a few reasons you should hire a professional gas fitter for gas line or appliance installation.
Although natural gas is a reliable fuel source that many homeowners use for years without incident, it’s not without its dangers. If you make a mistake hooking up a gas appliance, the results could be life-threatening. Simply put, it’s not worth putting your home and family at risk to save money.
Professional gas fitters have the necessary training and certifications to do this work correctly and safely. And, reputable companies are licensed and insured to protect you from damages should anything go wrong.
It’s The Law
In some cases, you’re required to hire a certified gas fitter to do work on your gas lines. Professional gas fitters are licensed and perform work that conforms to local codes and regulations, which is crucial if you decide to sell your home.
Spot Potential Problems
Because professional gas fitters have years of training and experience, they can spot potential problems that an amateur might overlook — problems that could put your family at risk, maybe not today, but down the road.
As you can see, it’s in your best interest to hire a professional who knows what they’re doing when you need gas pipe installation, or a new gas appliance hook up.
What to Do if You Have a Natural Gas Leak
We’ve detailed some ways you can tell if you have a gas leak, like rotten egg odors and hissing sounds, but what do you do if you notice them?
Here are the steps you should take if you suspect a gas leak:
Open all doors and windows.
- Call the qualified professionals at Jerry’s Plumbing at 805-928-5526 who specialize in gas leak detection and repair.
- Call your local gas company. If unavailable, call your local fire department.
- Do NOT smoke, use any lighters, matches, appliances, or other electrical devices.
- Evacuate all members of the household or office, including pets.