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Keep NYC Safe: Dealing with Natural Gas Leaks

Natural gas leaks can kill people. We want you to be safe.

At Petri Plumbing & Heating, our experts are dedicated to keeping our Brooklyn neighbors healthy and happy. A gas leak is a dangerous emergency. It needs immediate attention by highly trained professionals. Don’t risk your life trying to repair it on your own.

Natural gas leaks are dangerous. Seek help from a professional plumber.

According to the 2017 Significant Incident 20 Year Trend report by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), there have been 1,299 injuries and 310 deaths out of 5,671 natural-gas distribution pipeline incidents reported.

Closer to home, a 2015 natural gas explosion in Brooklyn killing a woman and injured several people. It didn’t have to happen.

What do to when you have a natural gas leak

Gas is leaking in your home? What do you do?

Leave. It’s that simple. Get out of your house or apartment. Immediately. Once you’ve left, call 911 to report the leak, then call your gas company. After that, give Petri Plumbing a call for professional gas line repair.

How to tell if you have a natural gas leak

Normally, natural gas is colorless and odorless, but to aid in detecting leaks, hydrogen sulfide is adding to the mixture. If you smell rotten eggs, you know there’s a problem.

Beyond that, there are other warning signs:

  • Dead or discolored grass or other vegetation near a pipeline
  • Persistent, constant bubbling in wet areas
  • Whistling, hissing or roaring sounds coming from a gas appliance or pipeline area

Preventing gas line leaks

The best way to prevent a gas line leak is inspection and maintenance and taking a little care. Don’t dig on your property without contacting New York 811, by dialing 811, at least 48 hours beforehand. Don’t remove gas line markers. Most especially if you suspect any potential problems, immediately contact a licensed plumber.

To find out more information on how to prevent gas line leaks in your home, call Petri Plumbing at 718-748-1254.

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