Birmingham AL Gas Leak Repair
Gas Leak Detection and Repair
A gas leak refers to a leak of natural gas, from a pipe or other containment, into a living area or any other area where the gas should not be. As natural gas explodes when exposed to flame or sparks, this situation can become rather dangerous.
Although natural gas is by nature colorless and odorless, scents in the form of traces of mercaptans are usually added, to assist in identifying when there is a leak. This odor commonly takes the form of rotting eggs. If this scent is detected, it is recommended to evacuate the area immediately. Do not light fires/cigarettes, and do not operate electrical appliances/light switches/phones, as these may act as points of ignition. Once in a safe area, contact your natural gas provider so the gas can be shut off.
As a result of the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 passed in the United States, Federal Safety Standards require companies providing natural gas to conduct safety inspections for gas leaks in homes and other buildings receiving natural gas. The gas company is required to inspect gas meters and inside gas piping from the point of entry into the building to the outlet side of the gas meter for gas leaks. This requires entry into private homes by the natural gas companies in many cases.