A gas riser leak can be a dangerous hazard for your home. As with any gas leak, if you suspect you have a gas leak, it is important to vacate the area and then contact Moore’s Plumbing-Mesquite for assistance.
What is a Gas Riser?
Natural gas comes from the utility company’s underground service line. The gas riser is a portion of piping that connects this public line to your gas meter. Risers are typically installed when the house is being built and are the property of the homeowner, rather than the gas company.
Why A Gas Riser Leak is Dangerous
In the gas of a gas riser leak, the leak begins underground and can go unnoticed until it is potentially very dangerous. If your gas is leaking at the gas riser, generally one of two things can occur.
- The leaking gas will travel underground and then accumulate, perhaps in a crawlspace or sump pit. If it finds an ignition source it can cause an explosion.
- The leaking gas will move to the surface of the soil. If it finds an ignition source it can result in a fire.
Common Causes of Gas Riser Leaks
Generally, gas riser leaks are caused by errors in installation or manufacturer defects. One of the most common installation errors is to over-tighten the plastic connectors when the riser is being installed. This can result in a damaged connector which will, one day, spring a leak.
To avoid possible disaster, it is important to regularly have your lines serviced and maintained. In addition, be aware of the tell-tale signs of a gas leak. The smell of a gas leak could be your first sign. Also, look for dead or discolored plants or gas in your yard near your gas line.
Are you concerned you might have a gas riser leak? Call 972-342-3709 to have a professional from Moore’s Plumbing - Mesquite come and help.