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How to Repair a Gas Line

It only takes a scratch or tears to create high pressure in a gas line, and this can cause natural gas, gasoline, or other gases to start seeping through a pipe. Such a leak poses a serious safety hazard, one that requires swift attention by expert professionals. It is in your best interests to immediately contact a qualified contractor. If you are looking at a large leak, you may need to evacuate the premises and call emergency services at once. If the leak is small, and you are a very proficient do-it-yourselfer, however, you might be able to repair the leak before you take any further steps. You will need the following tools on hand: Gas mask Wrenches Acetone Fiberglass outer wrap Epoxy Rubber Tape Protective gloves Sandpaper If you have the right tools and the expertise, here is how you might go about fixing a leaking gas line: Before

Gas Line Repairs in Kansas City

If you’ve had experience with both electrical and gas appliances, there’s probably one major takeaway that you learned from that experience, “Gas is better.” Just ask any realtor, home builder, or chef and they will quickly tell you that gas is better than electric. So many people prefer natural gas to electric, that often when a homebuyer discovers that a house runs on electricity instead of natural gas, they will say, “No thanks, show me a house that uses natural gas!” Why is natural gas better than electric? There are several reasons, for example, gas is more environmentally friendly, gas is much cheaper than electric, we have an abundant amount of gas, natural gas provides hundreds of thousands of American jobs, it’s more efficient than electric, and you just can’t compare a gas stove to an electric stove – real flames on gas stoves just cook a whole lot better

How to Detect a Natural Gas Leak

Now that the fall has arrived, the leaves are turning beautiful shades of orange, yellow and red, and the temperatures are cooling down. If your home runs on natural gas, for example, if you have a gas hot water heater and a gas range, you’re probably thinking more about how nice it is to have hot water than you did over the summer. We’re big proponents of natural gas because it’s a safe, clean, reliable source of energy. We think that most Americans would quickly agree that natural gas is the number one choice for: Heating a home Cooking Heating water Drying clothes Natural gas is applauded because it’s the cleanest burning fossil fuel. When we use natural gas instead of electricity to heat our homes, dry our clothes, and wash our dishes, we’re doing our part to reduce greenhouse gasses, smog, water pollution, and acid rain. According to Missouri

Detecting a Natural Gas Leak

Many homeowners will agree that they prefer natural gas over electricity for cooking, heating their home, and drying their clothes. For the most part, natural gas is convenient, efficient and cost-effective, however, homeowners and renters need to be especially aware of the risk of natural gas leaks and the dangers they impose. Each year, infants, children, and adults die because of an undetected natural gas leak. Often, these leaks cause death by asphyxiation, but not always. Sometimes, a basement can fill with gas, explode and quickly consume an entire home in flames. Natural gas (methane) is not poisonous in itself, but what it does is deprive the air of vital oxygen, oxygen human’s need to survive. As the methane reduces the oxygen levels inside a home, the occupants begin to feel dizzy, they feel disoriented and they lose coordination and concentration. The more the oxygen level decreases in a dwelling,

Gas Safety Tips for the Home

A large portion of America’s homes relies on natural gas to heat water and cook food and to provide warmth during the fall and winter months. Natural gas is a clean, affordable resource, but in some cases, it can be extremely dangerous to the occupants of a home. If your home relies on natural gas, take a few minutes to read our gas safety tips so you can reduce the risk of experiencing a dangerous natural gas accident. Which Appliances Run on Natural Gas? As the homeowner, it’s important that you know which appliances in your home run on natural gas. Generally, the appliances that run on gas, include: Ovens Furnaces Clothes dryers Stovetop ranges Water heaters Stove ranges, water heaters, ovens and clothes dryers can either be gas or electric. If you determine that your home operates these appliances on gas, and not electric, next you’ll want to find

How to Switch From Electric to Gas Range

Perhaps the house you’re purchasing has an electric range, and you’re thinking about switching to gas, or perhaps you love to watch cooking channels and now you’re ready to switch out your electric range to a gas model. Homeowners sometimes have questions about using existing gas lines or running new  gas lines, building codes, if a licensed plumber is required or the need to use an electrical service or licensed electrician.  Regardless of the reason you’re looking to change to a new appliance, there are a few things to consider when switching from an electric stove to a gas stove. Benefits of a Gas Stove  Why a gas stove instead of an electric stove? Why do so many prefer using a gas stove top versus an electric stove? Ask any chef, and they’ll tell you that they prefer to cook on gas stoves over electric stoves. Why? Because gas stoves

Detecting a Natural Gas Leak in the Home

Natural gas is a clean-burning fuel that has a wide variety of uses; in the home, we use it for furnaces, hot water heaters, space heaters, stoves, clothes dryers, and fireplaces. With over 2.1 million miles of underground gas pipelines across the United States, more than half of U.S. homes use natural gas – that’s approximately 62 million families. Fun facts about natural gas: It was formed under the earth around 100 million years ago. It is lighter than air. It is colorless and odorless. Utility companies add mercaptan, a sulfur-containing compound with an offensive rotten egg-like odor, to help people notice gas leaks. Natural Gas Leaks When natural gas is sealed tight inside pipes and used the right way, it isn’t dangerous. However, when there is a leak, natural gas can be dangerous because it is highly flammable. When natural gas leaks out and there is a spark or

Shutting off the Gas to Your Home

Just as it is important for you to know how to shut off the water supply to your house at the main water valve, you need to be prepared for an emergency by knowing how to shut off the gas around your home. Keep reading to find out how to detect a gas leak, and how to respond by turning off the gas at your stove, water heater, and gas meter. First off, do you know the warning signs of a gas leak? It is not safe to overlook an odor that smells like rotten eggs or a hissing noise around an appliance that uses gas. Outside, if you see or feel what looks like air streaming out of the ground, brushing dirt and plants aside like a steady breeze, this could be another signal. Bubbles along damp ground could be another sign, as could wilting, mysteriously dying plants. If

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