Knowing the signs of a leaky fitting are crucial to the safety of your Sunshine Coast home or business.
With this in mind, it’s likely that you’re using natural gas in your own home in one way or another. The majority of energy used for heating in Australia comes from gas, as does the power behind many daily-use appliances from ranges to hot water heaters.
Yet despite its many helpful uses, natural gas remains potentially dangerous for home and business owners. While it is safe when installed and maintained correctly, it’s important to remember that natural gas is a flammable substance that also expels other harmful gasses when burned. It can also cause poisoning when inhaled directly.
The most important thing you can do to ensure your safety is to use a professional gas fitter for all your natural gas installation, maintenance, and repair. From there, it’s critical that you know the signs so you can tell whether your gas fittings are leaking and when to call out for help.
Understanding gas fittings
Table of Contents
- Understanding gas fittings
- Can I fix a gas fitting myself?
- How to tell if your gas fittings are leaking
- What to do if you suspect a gas leak
- How to prevent a gas leak
- DYFA: Providing gas fitting services across the Sunshine Coast
The fittings themselves come in a number of different shapes and sizes with threads designed to give a snug fit as they create connections to the fuel source. Often these are connected to dedicated gas pipes that run throughout the home or business. These pipes, also called a gas supply line, bring the natural gas into the building from the main connection that is serviced from the outside.
Gas fittings can be found anywhere you have a connection between a gas line and a fixture that uses the fuel. Common examples include natural gas heaters and fu, stove tops, laundry dryers, water heaters, grills, fireplaces, and even pool heaters.
Can I fix a gas fitting myself?
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How to tell if your gas fittings are leaking
1. Question strange smells
2. Listen for hissing
3. Use soap and water
4. Install carbon monoxide detectors
5. Check your pilot lights
6. Use a gas leak detector
What to do if you suspect a gas leak
Call 000 for emergency services, which will likely work to shut off the flow of natural gas to your home, among other safety procedures. You can also call out for a gas fitter on an emergency basis to come identify the source of the leak and fix any damage that has occurred.
Remember that if you are around a suspected gas leak, do NOT:
- Remain inside
- Smoke or spark a flame
- Use electrical devices
- Open doors
- Use a phone inside
- Try to fix the leak yourself
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How to prevent a gas leak
Remember not to attempt to adjust fittings yourself. Appliances and fixtures should be installed, moved, repaired, or otherwise managed by expert gas fitters who can ensure that the connections are correct and safe.
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DYFA: Providing gas fitting services across the Sunshine Coast
DYFA Plumbing is a full-service, in-house provider of all things plumbing and gas fitting. We never outsource our work, workers, or equipment so you can feel confident knowing who and what will be working on your home or business. We’re dedicated to building trust with every client, and all of our technicians are licensed, insured, and police cleared to do the work required.
For more information or to request help with a gas leak, call us on 07 5475 4152 today.