What to do in the Case of a Gas Leak
Published in Plumbing Tips, 19th Dec 2019
Do you think you might have a gas leak? Read on to find out what to do in the case of a gas leak and how to stay safe.
If you smell or suspect that there is a gas leak in your house, the first thing to do is turn the gas off at your gas meter. The lever of the isolation valve is switched on in the vertical position and switched off when the lever is horizontal.
At O’Shea Plumbing, we find that a number of our clients do not know where their gas meter is or what it looks like. It’s a good idea to find out where it is and how to turn it off in case an emergency occurs.
If you know or suspect that the gas leak is located at the meter, between the meter and the street or in the street, then ring your gas company. In Victoria, this is your gas supply company, not your retailer company. The phone number for your gas supply company can be found on the top of your gas bill.
If the gas leak is on the gas pipes from your gas meter leading to your appliances, or on the appliances then turn off the gas and ring an emergency plumber.
Under no circumstances should you investigate, or look for a gas leak with a naked flame. Only use soapy water. Do not attempt to fix a gas leak yourself, always call a licensed plumber/gasfitter.
A plumber will first use a manometer to test to see if you have a gas leak and the severity of the gas leak. Then he or she will conduct an investigation of the leak and determine what course of action is required to rectify the situation.
After all the work is completed, a Certificate of Compliance is given to the client to certify that all of the work done complies with regulation and that it the gas system is safe and sound to use again.
Our quick, reliable service means that you can solve your gas leak issues in no time. Contact the professionals at O’Shea Plumbing on (03) 9888 2887.