The day you receive the keys to your new home also unlocks a world of responsibilities. While exciting, becoming a homeowner means protecting your investment and family against all kinds of hazards and dangers. And when it comes to potential gas system risks, homeowners with natural gas lines and appliances must prioritise safety.

Gas equipment, from furnaces and water heaters to stovetops and outdoor grills, requires proper care and maintenance to operate safely. If not addressed, gas leaks, malfunctioning appliances, and improper venting can all lead to fire, explosion, and carbon monoxide poisoning.

As a new homeowner, understanding how to detect common gas safety issues, properly handling gas equipment, and calling in professional help will keep your loved ones safe.

This guide covers the essential gas safety facts and measures every new homeowner should know. We’ll explore warning signs of gas leaks, safe operation of gas appliances, maintenance for gas lines, and reasons to contact certified gas technicians. Implement these tips and give your family peace of mind knowing your new house is gas-safe.

How to Detect Gas Leaks


Know the Warning Signs of Gas Leaks

Natural gas has an added odorant that smells like rotten eggs or sulphur to alert you to a leak. Learn to recognise this distinct scent, as it is one of the primary ways to detect gas leaks.

Also, watch for dead vegetation or patches of browning plants above underground gas lines, as leaking gas can cause plants to die. Blowing dirt or soil erupting from the ground can signal a high-pressure gas leak below. Listen for an audible hissing noise, indicating the gas is escaping from the leak point.

Regularly Monitor for Gas Leaks

Make it part of your regular home maintenance routine to sniff test around gas appliances, meters, pipes, and chimneys for any gas odours monthly.

Additionally, install methane detectors in rooms with gas equipment for automatic 24/7 gas leak monitoring. You can also periodically perform a soapy water test by applying a soapy solution to gas fittings and connections and looking for bubble formation, which indicates escaping gas.

Act Fast if You Suspect a Gas Leak

If at any time you detect a potential gas leak through smell, plant clues, hissing, or methane detector alarms, evacuate the area immediately. Avoid using any electronics or open flames that could ignite leaking gas. Call emergency services and your gas provider right away so the leak can be promptly addressed and repairs can be scheduled. Trust your senses and detectors to act fast if a dangerous gas leak is suspected.

Safe Use of Gas Appliances


Gas furnaces, water heaters, stoves, and other appliances must be operated and maintained properly to ensure safe functioning. Start by reading all manufacturer instructions to understand controls and features.

Run appliances on the lowest effective settings and have them professionally serviced annually. Keep flammable products away from stovetops and ovens. Make sure room ventilation is adequate when using combustion appliances.

Watch for signs of malfunction, like strange sounds, lots of condensation, or carbon build-up. Install carbon monoxide detectors as an alert system.

Be present when operating gas appliances and turn them off when not in use. With vigilance, you can catch any operational issues early and prevent accidents. Taking steps to use each gas appliance according to safety guidelines gives you confidence in their performance.

Gas Line Maintenance


Regular maintenance and inspection of the gas lines running to and within your home are critical for safety. Gas leaks from damaged, corroded, or faulty gas pipes can lead to fire, explosion, and carbon monoxide poisoning hazards. Preventative gas line maintenance helps avoid these risks.

Inspecting Gas Pipes

Walk around the exterior perimeter of your home periodically, looking for potential gas pipe issues. Check for visible signs of corrosion, dents, cracks, or leaks. Pay close attention to the connection point where gas service lines meet the gas meter. Also, inspect where pipes enter the home.

Watch for loose fittings, joints, or connectors that may be strained or damaged. Check pipes for proper support and hookups without sagging. Look for leaks by applying soapy water and watching for bubbles. If needed, have older iron, steel, or copper gas pipes examined and replaced with more modern, leak-resistant polyethylene plastic piping.

Keeping Pipes Accessible

Ensure the areas around gas lines are free of debris, dirt, overgrowth, accumulations of mulch or soil, and other blockages. This helps gas piping remain visible and accessible for routine inspections. Also, keep landscaping trimmed back from gas meters and pipes.

Monitoring Gas Pressure

Check pressure gauges on gas appliances regularly to look for abnormal readings that could signal issues with gas flow. Install excess flow valves on distribution lines – these safety devices automatically shut off the gas if the excess flow is detected.

When Should You Seek Professional Help

While vigilant homeowners can handle some basic gas safety tasks, in many cases, it’s wise to rely on licensed professional gas fitters for assistance. If you suspect a major leak or appliance malfunction but can’t resolve it, call for emergency technician service immediately.

Schedule annual check-ups to examine appliances, connectors, venting, and gas lines. Seek professional help for major work like pipe replacements or system upgrades. When hiring a gas company or technician, verify current credentials and licenses.

Ask detailed questions to gauge their experience with your specific gas equipment and needs. Clarifying upfront pricing can help avoid surprises. Do-It-Yourself gas safety and periodic professional help provide an expert set of eyes and advanced technical skills. Think of a trusted gas pro as your partner in ensuring home gas systems operate safely for years.

Your Gas Safety Checklist


As a new homeowner, making gas safety a top priority is crucial to protect your home and family. Here is a checklist covering key gas safety measures every homeowner should implement:

  1. Learn to recognise the rotten egg odour added to natural gas so you can detect leaks
  2. Conduct periodic sniff tests around all gas appliances, meters, pipes, and chimneys
  3. Install methane gas detectors in rooms with gas equipment
  4. Perform soap bubble tests routinely on gas fittings and connections
  5. Watch for dying vegetation, blowing dirt, or hissing sounds signalling a gas leak
  6. Evacuate and call the gas company and emergency services immediately if you suspect a leak
  7. Read manufacturer instructions for proper operation of all gas appliances
  8. Have gas appliances professionally serviced once per year
  9. Keep flammable products away from gas stoves and ovens
  10. Ensure rooms with gas appliances have adequate ventilation
  11. Install carbon monoxide detectors for alerting to appliance malfunctions
  12. Monitor gas appliance pressure gauges for abnormal readings
  13. Visually inspect gas pipes regularly for corrosion, leaks, and damage
  14. Keep vegetation and debris cleared away from outdoor gas pipes and meters
  15. Have older gas lines examined and upgraded to newer piping when needed
  16. Hire certified professionals for major gas line repairs, replacements, and system upgrades
  17. Verify licenses, credentials, experience, and pricing when selecting gas technicians
  18. Schedule annual professional inspections of all gas equipment and venting

Take Control of Home Gas Safety

Becoming a homeowner brings excitement and responsibility for protecting your investment and family. Make gas safety a priority by learning to spot leaks, properly use gas appliances, maintain lines, and call in professionals when needed. Staying on top of gas system hazards reduces the risks of explosion, fire, and dangerous carbon monoxide in your new home.

Mastering DIY gas safety skills is important, so don’t hesitate to call the experts at The Brisbane Plumbers when you need assistance. Our certified technicians have the advanced training, tools, and experience to conduct thorough gas inspections and repairs for homeowners. Trust us to provide reliable installation, maintenance, and emergency services.

Give your family peace of mind by making your new house a gas-safe home. Contact The Brisbane Plumbers today to schedule a complete inspection and tackle any lurking gas hazards. Investing in professional assessments and fixes could save lives.