Most homeowners know that the natural gas that comes into our home is our responsibility. SoCalGas® is responsible for the gas until it hits the meter. From that point on, it’s up to the homeowner, property manager, or tenant to maintain their natural gas. This includes all pipes leading to the pool, spa, barbeque and all natural gas appliances. That doesn’t mean SoCalGas® abandons you once service is on. They offer a variety of services. You can report a gas leak, get a pilot relight, get emergency safety information and that’s just to name a few of their services. For businesses, they provide education & training, energy saving tips, builder services, rebates, and incentives.
Call SoCalGas® If You Smell Gas
If you ever smell gas, you can call SoCalGas®. If you suspect a natural gas leak, you’re asked to leave home or location. Once in a safe place, call SoCalGas® at 1-800-427-2200. A technician will promptly be at your site. They’ll locate the problem and have your home or business back to normal in no time at all. Finding a California plumbing contractor to repair the problem will be up to you. In some cases, it could be a faulty appliance since natural gas is widely used in our water heaters and kitchen stoves.
Natural Gas Smells Like Sulfur or Rotten Eggs
SoCalGas® suggests three ways to locate a potential gas leak: look, smell and listen. Look for corroded, damaged connectors on your gas appliances. After a fire, flood or earthquake, keep your eyes opened to exposed pipes. Smell is usually how we first notice a gas leak, it has a distinctive smell of sulfur. Some people describe the gas smell like rotten eggs. But with that said, the smell cannot always be relied upon because there is “odor fade”. SoCalGas® has a full printable safety guild on odor fade. It’s essential that we listen because in many cases, you’ll hear a hissing sound or whistling sound that comes from a compromised gas line or appliance.
Have Your Pipes Inspected
SoCalGas® also suggests having your gas pipes, connections, and appliances inspected by a licensed plumbing expert. Repair gas pipes that are corroded or even appear to be unsafe. Our gas powered appliances in our homes get heavy use. Over time these appliances wear out and leak. You can avoid appliance failure by having regularly scheduled maintenance. And remember, if for any reason you smell gas in or around your home, leave first then call SoCalGas® or dial 911.