How much to fix a gas leak? (heater, paint, smells)
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[quote=BigDGeek;11625968]I had a gas leak in my house today. The gas company was not able to fix it and told me to call a plumber. The leak is behind the hot water heater; don't know any more than that. I was told after the leak is fixed there will have to be a pressure test and an inspection.
Can someone tell me roughly how much to expect to pay for this, or is there not enough info? Thanks and can u send me a estimate
While gas can be dangerous, the actual piping/connections are very basic and easy to work with. Typically the gas will be run in via black iron pipe to the device (hot water heater, stove, etc.) then connected to the device via flexiable metal connector pipe. There might be a shutoff valve on the supply pipe at the device end. If not then you may have to shut the gas off to the entire house.
It is critical that each threaded connection be sealed with pipe dope, pipe joint compound, etc. Look it up online. There several videos showing how to do this.
To test for leaks, one can apply a soapy water mixture and soap bubbles will form (like kids blowing bubbles) where a leak is. Some will test each joint after working on with soap bubbles. Quite often the best test is your nose smelling the gas. Smells kind of like rotten eggs.
If you have never threaded pipes together nor used pipe dope, you might just want to hire someone that does it for a living.
I had a leak and the gas company came out and pulled my meter. I called a plumber he came out found the leak replaced the iron pipe. then a city inspector had to come out and check it and sign off on it. then I called the gas company out and they gave me my meter back.. in all it was $900 and a month without gas. lesson to learn if you have a leak never call the gas company 1st...
Advice - NEVER call the Gas Company. They will turn off your gas and LOCK it. You'll have a hard time finding a plumber who can find leaks without the gas turned on. Those that do charge exorbitant prices.
It should be a pretty simple DIY. I am not familiar with the types of home connections but at work I work with gas chromatography and have lines everywhere. I work with Swagelok ferrules and 1/4" steel and 1/8" Cu and Steel lines including hydrogen. I find leaks by dripping 50% rubbing alcohol (isopropanol)/water arround connections and looking for bubbles. Actualy dishsoap water works better but it contaminates stuff at work. If I find bubbles I either tighten it or I cut the whole thing off and redo the connection with brand new fittings.
The gas company will not do any repairs. They supply the gas and will only turn off the gas if there is a leak. They don't have contractors or plumbers. It's standard anywhere for the gas company to regulate and monitor the supply. The plumber who does the repairs can do the test to check for further leaks or problems. it's not really all that expensive when you consider the alternative....BOOM
The gas company will do repairs if the leak is outside the house. I had a leak in my gas line from the street to the house. They were able to fit a sleeve over it to repair it, but if they had had to replace the pipe, they would have gone from the street line, to the house, including adding a new meter, and connecting the line in the house. I didn't have to pay for anything, and wouldn't have paid anything if they had had to do the more expensive operation.
PS. They worked late into the night to get it fixed because it was November, and then came into the house to relight the water tank (the furnace is electric/electronic ignition).
Originally Posted by K'ledgeBldr
You obviously DIDN'T learn a lesson!
What you should have taken from this experience is this-
$900 and one month later you were capable of writing a post on a thread about gas leaks.
True that. Should have paid $1200 to get the gas back on a lot sooner.
Homes just use fittings with threads on the pipes fitting into the fittings and sealing with either pipe dope, or yellow teflon tape (don't use standard plumbing white it deteriorates in time). You simply need pipe wrenches, and possibly a die/reemer to make new threads but most likely undo the pipe from the fitting, perhaps buy a new fitting, and redo. check for leak with dishsoap water.
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