Gas leaks can be dangerous — that’s no secret by now. In the event that you are suspecting a gas leak in your home, knowing where and how to shut off gas in your home is extremely important. As the saying goes, prevention is always the key, so familiarizing yourself with how to shut off gas should be one of your main priorities.
Without further ado, here are three places where you can shut off gas in your home:
1. Stove. This one might be obvious, but you’d be surprised at the amount of fires this simple house appliance causes each year in Calgary! In case you did not know, the gas valve is located behind the stove. When pulling the stove away from the wall, be mindful of the gas pipe — you don’t want to disturb it. Proceed to locate the gas valve handle and to turn it off.
2. Water heater. Gas leaks from water heaters are more common than you might think. Once again, shutting off gas to the water heater is fairly easy. Simply locate the gas valve and turn it off. Also ensure to keep the area around your water heater clear for adequate ventilation.
3. Gas meter. Lastly, the smell of gas present in your home might originate from your gas meter. The latter is located on the outside of your house. You will find a gas pipe coming from the ground that goes into this meter. On this gas pipe you will also find a gas valve. Use a wrench or some other tool to turn it off.
At any time, if you suspect that something is wrong with your plumbing, you can rely on ERM Calgary to come lend you a hand. We are a Calgary plumbing company with years of experience under our belts and we’d be more than happy to share our expertise with you.