While working at a client’s home, we were asked to help find and fix a gas leak. At first it looked like the gas supply would be turned off by NYSEG until complicated repairs were made and verified. Safety always comes first and since it’s warm weather now the client can manage without heat, BUT this home also has a Catering Kitchen with big ovens and stoves and today begins preparation for a large event. We were told turning off the gas for a long time is simply not an option.
NYSEG came quickly and after finding the leak, which was a severly cracked gas valve, we were able to turn off the gas and remove the bad part, capping the pipe so the catering kitchen could get back to work. We were able to fix another small leak at the water heater quickly too.
The picture below shows the dramatic failure of the gas valve, a large crack, which is something we don’t see often, especially years after installation.
BIG THANKS to lead man Dan and his trainee from NYSEG who were very thorough in finding the problem and helping find a good fix.
We were very happy we could help our client stay safe and keep the kitchen humming along. This incident prompted us to share some tips with you about gas safety in your home.
The links below are focused on Natural Gas, but the same safety principles apply to Propane and you can contact your Propane Gas supplier for more helpful tips.
At Cayuga Country Homes, we encourage every homeowner to inspect your gas pipes and equipment once or twice a year. We also have an electronic sniffer that we use to check gas lines when we are working on equipment – it’s a great way to find small leaks and fix them before they become BIG leaks.
Click Here for a great video showing how to turn of a Natural Gas valve.