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
- Fiberglass outer wrap
- Rubber Tape
- Protective gloves
If you have the right tools and the expertise, here is how you might go about fixing a leaking gas line:
Before you do anything else, turn off the gas. Put on your gas mask and gloves. This is a risky repair job.
There will be plastic covers encasing the gas lines, and these need to come off so you can get to the gas line itself. You will need to disconnect the low-pressure gas line from the gas regulator.
Then you will need your wrenches to take out the high-pressure line. Clean out the high-pressure line with acetone, and this could take care of the risk for leaks in the future. Use sandpaper on the line’s surface, as well as the surface of the gas pipe, then use acetone on these again.
Then you can loosely reconnect the gas line. Apply rubber tape over the site of the leak. Check the angle of the line, and check that the high-pressure line is not causing trouble for the low-pressure gas line. Next, consult the instructions on the epoxy package for how to apply it to the gas line. Ideally, you would let this cure over the course of a night.
Only when this has cured, you can secure the fittings on the high-pressure gas line. Then you can reconnect the low-pressure line. You can turn the gas back on to ensure that there are no longer any leaks. If there is a different leak, then now you will know what to do. Once everything checks out, you can put the covers back in place.
A Job That Calls for Expert Help
If you encounter further issues, you may require emergency service from an expert plumbing technician who can perform the pipe repair you need. Contact A-1 Sewer & Septic Services today to have a Kansas City plumber provide quick and efficient service. We charge nothing extra for emergency services, even on the weekend or in the evening. Do not hesitate to call us today!