A gas leak can be very dangerous, especially if you are not aware of it. You need to know what to do in case you encounter one.
If you are smelling gas its best to call a local gas fitter immediately. In Brisbane most plumbers will be able to also look after your gas leaks and appliances for you.
Call Plumbaround Pty Ltd to come over and do a inspection as soon as possible. Call 07-30381038 ASAP for help.
The first thing you should do when you discover that there is a gas leak in your home is to call the fire department. They will be able to assess the situation and they will know how to deal with it. It may take them some time to arrive, but you don’t want to wait around for too long.
If you are alone and you have no idea what to do, then you should get out of the house immediately. Call 911 from your cell phone and explain to the operator what is happening. Make sure you have the address where the leak is located. If you are not sure where the leak is, then ask someone who lives in the area.
Take care of pets
If you have pets, then make sure they are safe and that they are not near the leak. If they are outside, then make sure they are not exposed to the gas fumes. If they are inside, then you should get them out as well.
Make sure you have enough water available for everyone in your household. This will help them stay hydrated and it will also help them to cool down. It is important that you stay calm. Do not panic.
Keep A Fire Extinguisher
You should always keep a fire extinguisher nearby. If you have one, then you should use it. If you don’t have one, then you should find one as soon as possible. The fire department will most likely have some on hand.
Once the fire department arrives, they will assess the situation. They will tell you if you need to evacuate or not. They will tell you if they think it is safe for you to return home or not. They will also let you know if you need to bring in an expert.
If you are not sure whether it is safe to go back into your home or not, then you should stay away. There is no reason to risk your life by going back in. You should wait until the experts have determined that it is safe for you to go back in.
In Case You Are Feeling Unwell
If you feel like you are having trouble breathing, then you should seek medical attention. You should never try to treat yourself. You should contact a professional right away.
Once you know that it is safe for you and your family to go back into your home, you should do so. The fire department will give you a time frame as to when you can return home. They will also give you a list of items that you need to take care of before you can go back in.
You should clean up any areas that were affected by the gas leak. You should remove all the damaged materials from the home. You should also clean up any debris that was left behind by the professionals.
Call a licensed plumber to come over immediately and check all appliances and gas pipes that may be faulty. Get these replaced as soon as possible.
Happy New Yearto all our wonderful clients, partners and suppliers! We feel as though there was no real break between 2016 and 2017, although Warwick did manage to have Christmas day off though!! This has been the most hectic time of the year we’ve ever experienced and we’ve really hit the ground running for a great start to 2017!
Here are a couple of pics from a job recently over the New Year’s public holidays in Yeronga, where the property was flooding through the house. Upon investigation, we found the issue to be much bigger than first anticipated.
This is a wooden floor board removed off the back deck, underneath is basically a swimming pool in the heavy rains experienced in the area. The water pooled in so quickly and the only way the water could escape is by seeping into the inside of the property.
We attended site around 10:30pm at night. Whilst there was nothing we could instantly do in the dark and the rain, I know it put the tenants mind at ease that we were able to attend so urgently.
Trouble-shooting and problem solving plays a big part in plumbing. Our plumbers can investigate an issue and problem solve basically on the spot for the best outcome and solution to a pressing issue.
We thank all our clients and partners for their patience over this very busy period as we endeavour to assist everyone in a timely manner, and as always we place high priority on emergencies first but we aim to attend to every job!
Please don’t hesitate to contact us day or night for all your plumbing and gas fitting needs. We are only a phone call away.
On site in Albion this week completing an RPZ repair and whilst replacing the ball valves, our Backflow Prevention Specialist /Plumber has found that the galvanised pipework on this line is in desperate need of repair. This pipe lead underground and at this stage we can’t tell how far the damage is. Plumbaround Pty Ltd will return early next week to replace the pipework for the owners of the complex.
Galvanised pipes were most commonly used in Australian homes built prior to the 1950-60’s. They are not commonly installed in homes today – due to the introduction of copper piping and the cost of producing galvanised pipes, they have been phased out in regards to new installations. Galvanised pipes are iron pipes coated with zinc – this is to prevent corrosion. Galvanised pipes were the most durable pipe available before copper was introduced – but it has been noted that over time the zinc coating actually deteriorates causing the pipe to corrode from the inside and eventually causing it to leak and then burst.
The inside of the pipes can corrode and become plugged with lime, calcium, rust and other debris.
Worse still, is that they can start to leak at any time undetected inside a wall or cupboard which leads to costly damage and the spread of mold.
Many insurance companies will not give coverage to houses with these pipes and fittings or may charge you with a premium.
Sooner or later a leak will develop so the best thing to do is replacement with copper or PEX plastic pipe. Exposed pipes are of course much easier to quote on and replace but riser pipes inside walls, under floors and buried in the ground can be a little more difficult to quote on repair. The repair however can be done very efficiently and replaced with minimal disruption.
We have experienced plumbers that have completely re-piped/ re-watered many properties.
If your galvanised pipes begin to rust or corrode you may notice that your water becomes discoloured, usually a brownish colour and may contain visible particles. This discolouration is most noticeable first thing in the morning, or if your home has been unoccupied for a period of time. The water should run clear after running your taps for a few minutes – if you notice a reduction in water pressure along with this discolouration, this is usually a sign that your pipes need to be replaced.
We are happy to attend site an provide you with a quote for a property re-water. Contact us today.