Atlanta Gas Leak

Atlanta Gas Leak

A Gas leak is an Atlanta Plumbing Emergency. A Gas Leak, or Natural Gas Leak in your Atlanta home or business is a significant and potentially dangerous situation. Natural Gas explodes when exposed to flame or sparks. Natural Gas by nature is odorless; however, for safety measures, a smell similar to rotten eggs is added. In the case of an Atlanta Gas Leak, evacuate the area immediately (preferably outside); do not light fires, cigarettes and do not turn on or use any electrical appliances (including light switches and phones) because they can ignite the gas.

There are three grades (or classifications) of a Gas Leak as determined by the Gas Piping and Technology Committee (GPTC). A Grade 1 Leak is an immediate hazard that requires immediate repair. A Grade 2 Leak is non-hazardous when detected, but needs repaired before a future hazard. A Grade 3 Leak is a non-hazardous leak that is expected to remain non-hazardous.

Atlanta Gas Leak Detection

Locating gas leaks can be done using several methods. Gas has a sulfer odor which smells like rotten eggs. If the leak is large enough, a gas sniffer can be used to detect the parts per million of gas in the air.

Generally the method used for checking for gas leaking is using a static air pressure test. Compressed air is pumped into the pipes and the leaks are found using either an ultrasonic detector, that will only locate large leaks, or using a leak detection fluid which must be brushed over the joints for locating the most common gas system leak....the small bubble every 5 minute leak. The line can be isolated into sections to determine the location of a leak. This is most commonly used where the location of the leak is unknown, such as under concrete or in the yard.

New rules set forth by Atlanta Gas light this year require houses which have been vacant for over 6 months to have a gas pressure test. The house gas pipe system must be pumped up to a testing pressure between 15 and 30 PSI. The system must hold pressure steady for as many as 3 days while the plumbing inspector makes his way by to check the pressure gauge is not moving. Once the plumbing inspector has passed the system is air tight, the inspector will either leave a blue card onsite of the home or fax in a passed inspection letter to the gas company.

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