Gas pipes are crucial to the daily operations of your household. You need gas supply for a range of reasons such as lighting your stove or operating your oven.

Needless to say, your gas piping requires regular maintenance to function smoothly.

Imagine having no gas right when you have to prepare a meal for a dinner party. You really don’t want to order food when you’ve invited guests for a homemade meal.

If you’re unsure where to start with a gas pipe maintenance routine, we can help!

Here are a few suggestions that’ll help you get started with gas pipe maintenance.

Check for leaks

If your gas pipes are made of metal, there’s a fairly high chance that they’ll corrode over time. Metals have chemical properties that enable them to react with elements in the environment.  This process is called corrosion.

This reaction transforms metal from its original state. The metal pipes might lose their integrity and develop holes that can cause gas to leak. This not only increases your utility bills but also poses a risk to your safety. It’s best to inspect your pipes for leaks regularly.

Get Repairs Promptly

A pinhole leak in a gas pipe may not seem like much but it can cause major damage. Natural gas is flammable and the slightest spark can ignite huge flames that can cause irreparable damage.

You can’t put your family at such risk. It’s important to highlight the most minor plumbing issues in gas pipelines and get them repaired as soon as possible.

Delaying repairs for the sake of saving money can jeopardize the safety of your loved ones. Choose wisely.

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Keep an eye out for red flags

While the above two points sound well in theory, they’re rarely applied in reality. Homeowners are most likely to seek professional plumbing assistance when a problem arises.

This is why it’s important to keep an eye out for signs of potential plumbing problems. Here are some symptoms of damaged gas lines:

  • Notice any hissing sounds
  • Notice any pungent smells
  • Notice dying plants in your lawn: if your gas lines are buried underground and the grass above the soil does down it’s a cause of concern. This might indicate a leak underground.
  • Inspect the site after recent construction because gas lines may have suffered damage on impact.

The author is an engineering analyst who has written extensively about housekeeping rules and smooth domestic functioning.