Natural Gas Trouble?

We’re here to talk to you about gas… the thing that fuels some fireplaces, water heaters, boilers, bbq grills, stoves and so on. When you think of needing a plumber, you might think all things water-related like fixing faucets, toilets, and replacing water heaters.

Important Notice: If you smell or hear a natural gas leak: IMMEDIATELY EVACUATE THE PREMISES and call the utility company responsible for natural gas supply in your area. If you live in Santa Barbara call SoCalGas at 1-800-427-2200.

Important fact: If your home is having issues natural gas delivery you are required to have a certified plumber with a gas certification to perform all repairs.

How to spot a gas leak

If you see:

  • A damaged connection to a natural gas appliance
  • Dirt, water or debris being blown into the air
  • A dry patch of grass in your yard (in an otherwise moist area)
  • A fire or explosion near a pipeline
  • Exposed pipeline after an earthquake, fire, flood or other disasters

If you hear:

  • If you hear an unusual sound, such as a hissing, whistling or roaring, near a natural gas line or appliance.

If you smell:

  • If you smell the distinctive odor of natural gas, often described as a sulfur-like odor.

Although a distinctive odor is added to make natural gas easy to recognize, you may not be able to smell leaking gas for several reasons:

  • You have a diminished sense of smell
  • You’re experiencing odor fatigue (normal, temporary inability to distinguish an odor after prolonged exposure to it)
  • You have a physical condition such as a common cold, sinus condition or allergies
  • You use tobacco, alcohol, drugs and certain medications
  • The odor is masked or hidden by other odors that are present
  • Pipe and soil conditions have caused odor fade (see below)