Re: How strong a smell of gas for the house to blow?
Posted by e-plumber on December 22, 2003 at 07:49:54:
In response to Re: How strong a smell of gas for the house to blow?
: In the morning when I come downstairs I very occasionally smell a faint natural gas smell by the cold air return of my furnace. I the smell has now become stronger in my garage where to furnace is. If the smell keeps getting stronger I may have to actually shut off my gas valve.

: I seems like the smell appears on mornings that are a little colder than usual and not at all on average or warmer than average mornings.

: Ok, I live in Southern California and so the furnace is not always required so I now leave the gas valve turned off adn only occasionally open it to use the furnace to warm up my house. The smell has never appeared while the furnace is under heavy use. I have only smelled gas when the valve is open, the theromstat is set to off inside the house and it is chilly in the garage.

: I am off next week and plan to 1) do a quick check to see if I can find and stop the leak (soap test) and then if not luck 2) call a pro.

: My questions are:

: 1) Based on the symptoms does anyone know what the problem is?

: 2) Any tips for my quick self test/fix effort

: 3) What is an appropriate path for a pro to follow .. about how much should it cost

: Thanks Much,

: James Craig

: PS: When I was young my best friend was a brick layer's son in New Carrolton Md named Terry Love.

Have a licensed plumber check the gas piping for leaks. A leak detector solution can be sprayed on exposed fittings to locate potential leaks, sometimes it turns out to be a pilot light that is not lit, spewing gas.
Another method would be to perform a pressure test on the entire gas piping system, it's not that big of a deal for this test but the possible leak needs to be identified ASAP.
If you call the gas supplier about it, they may shut and lock your gas meter, so my advice would be to call a licensed plumber right now.
Good Luck & Happy Holidays. e-plumber

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