I keep smelling natural gas (not sewer gas), coming from an area just to the
top left where the vent cover is. I also smell natural gas whenever I take a
shower. It stays on my hair and towels until it is washed off. The water
heater was replaced a few years ago by my landlord - but everything he has
"fixed" in the house has kept breaking. (he re-did the electrical and not that
is also on the fritz.) I suspect he did not have this checked by a professional
and he is cheap and won't get anything done professionally.
Should I call the gas company to check it? Is this normal?
PS I've been through 5 gas leaks in my life- so I DO know what natural gas
I just don't want to call them for something so minor.
PLEASE RESPOND ASAP.
On Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 11:44:06 AM UTC-5, gas girl wrote:
I don't know how nat gas smell could ever make it into the water.
If it were just that, I'd suspect it's something else. But you also
say that you smell nat gas at the vent cover, whatever that is.
Standard advice, especially if you have to ask, is if you smell nat gas,
don't know what's going on, get out of the house immeadiately and call
the gas company.
There's no way for the gas to actually get into the water that I can see
possible. I suppose there's an outside chance the new installation
could have manged to get some of the "skunk scent" odorant that can
collect in a sediment/water trap into an exit water line by transferring
it on hands or the like, perhaps. How long has this been occurring;
can't think if that were the case it could last long at all, though, and
it seems remote at best...
No, it isn't normal and it's part of the gas company
service/responsibility to check for leaks so, yes, call...
On Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 11:44:06 AM UTC-5, gas girl wrote:
there may be a water leak in the street and a gas leak too. there are high pressure gas lines that can force gas into water lines
BIG HAZARD! CALL GAS COMPANY IMMEDIATELY!
If water is from a well thats the source
in any case gas got into water lines 15 minutes from here several homes exploded. people died
call gas comany immediately or turn off water well
either case call fire department, they have gas detectors safety comes first!
On Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 12:49:51 PM UTC-5, bob haller wrote:
I'd be interested in finding out more about how a gas leak wound
up getting into water lines. I guess it's possible, if it's a
high pressure gas line, the gas remains confined, there is an adjacent
water line link. Even then, I tend to doubt it would result in a
catastrophe. You have any links?
You could have a natural gas leak, or you could have something else, or you
could have BOTH a natural gas leak AND something else.
You should not smell natural gas odorant near the water heater. If you do
there is a leak and you should call.
But your nose can be fooled by the smell caused by bacteria in hot water ta
nks or in the drain. If it is in the drain, pouring a cup of bleach down t
here usually cures it. If it is in the tank, we have some disagreement, se
e past threads on this one.
Try this: pour a glass of hot water and a glass of cold water from several
different sinks and the shower, see what each one smells like. Water shou
ld be odorless. If your local water supply disinfects with chloramine, whi
ch most do, there are other possibilities. The correct mix is odorless. A
little too much chlorine in the mix gives a slight chlorine smell and is n
ot as effective a disinfectant, and a little bit more gives a medicinal odo
r like scotch whiskey and is not disinfectant at all.
Good point. Water heaters can a nasty odor from a reaction between the
anode and minerals in the water. Most often it is a rotten egg smell.
Replace the anode with a zinc one and it usually cures the problem.
Dosing the tank with bleach can help but it is temporary.
I had a landlord like that once. He was a plumber when he found ou the
building was for sale. I thought there were two possibilities: We'd get
our plumbing repairs done quickly because he was a plumber, or done
slowly because he'd put us at the end of the list. I didn't figure on
the third possibility: He thought he was a plumber, but he wasn't.
Down in the furnace room, he couldnt' even stop the leak in the oil
supply pipe, and had to put a plastic dish pan underneath a joint to
catch the drip. It was about 1/3 full last I looked.
Yes. No doubt.
I've heard there are small smells that don't represent a problem, but
you're not the one to make that judgment.
Believe you me, the gas company WANTS you to call. You won't think
it's minor when the whole building explodes. Did you see on the news a
couple days ago, a vacant house exploding, totally destroyed, and all
the papers floating down?
If you don't care about living, you have a duty to your neighbors to
call the gas company and let them find the leak or decide there is none.
Since your first answer was 3 hours ago, I haven't read it yet but I
presume you've called the gas company already, and I would expect they
were there within 15 minutes. So what did they say?
I am currently caring for a vacant home, the family moved in with us after
the boiler broke, had no heat in sub freezing weather, and the home began t
o freeze, breaking water lines etc thru he home. the owner of the building
is in prison.
some electric heater were provinding a little heat. the homes are very clos
e together I didnt want the home to become a neighborhood nuisane. so I cal
led the pittsburgh water authority they refused to turn off the water, insi
sting on needing to talk to the home owner. he couldnt call them he is in p
well once the water line broke, flooding the neighbors basement the water c
ompany turned off the water at the curb. the main valve was bad and couldnt
be shut off in the basement.
I then called the gas company, reported a gas leak, they turned it off.
electric was more resistant, til I said if a fire destroys the neighbors ho
mes you will see me on TV, reporting you refused to turn it off.
I dont want to provide electric to the scrappers, since they will be rippin
g out the copper pipes shortly.
Fracking would be most likely to get real natural gas in your water.
In that case, you would not smell anything.
Natural gas has no smell, they add mercaptan to natural
gas to make it smell.
So, it's really unlikely that fracking would break a natural gas line.
Having worked for a major utility company for 25 years, I would:
- Get out of that house ASAP
- Go to a place at least several houses away,
- Call the gas company and tell them in no uncertain terms that you
smell gas and get a commitment from them as to how soon they are
going to have somebody there to investigate.
- Tell the neighbors (preferably from afar, by phone...) what is
- Call the gas company after an hour or so
- If they have not been to the site and given a plausible explanation
check into a hotel or call in a favor with friends/relatives and
pursue it from there.... but do *not* go back to the building.
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