- Natural gas is a colourless, odourless mixture of gases made up mostly of methane (CH4).
- Other gases that can form part of natural gas include small amounts of ethane (C2H6), propane (C3H8) and butane (C4H10).
- Methane burns relatively cleanly to produce heat energy and the by-products of water and carbon dioxide. Inefficiencies in burning can produce small amounts of pollutants such as nitrogen oxides.
- Natural gas is lighter than air. So if it leaks from a pipe or appliance, it won’t sink and form dangerous pools of explosive gas but will disperse in the air.
- In certain concentrations, natural gas can be explosive, so it should always be treated with care.
- For safety reasons, an odour is added to the gas so that a person with a normal sense of smell can easily detect leakages. The odour additive is Methyl Mercaptan (Methanethiol: CH3SH) which is a byproduct of decomposition that smells like rotten egg due to the presence of sulphur. Humans can detect the strong smell of methyl mercaptan in the air at extremely low concentrations, starting at around 1.6 parts per billion. This makes it an ideal additive to odourless gases for safety detection.
Natural gas dispensed from a simple stovetop can generate temperatures in excess of 1100 °C making it a powerful domestic cooking and heating fuel. In urban and suburban Sydney it is generally supplied through pipes to homes, where it is used for many purposes including stove range tops and ovens, clothes dryers, stand alone heaters, central heating and water heaters/boilers. Heaters in homes and other buildings may include boilers, furnaces, and water heaters.
Liquified petroleum gas (LPG) and to a lesser extent compressed natural gas (CNG) are more commonly used in rural homes without connections to piped-in public utility services, camping, barbecues and portable grills, because they can be stored conveniently in a steel pressure vessel. Gas bottles and cylinders can be safely transported by road vehicle and are commonly sold at petrol stations, camping stores and gas retailers. They are usually stored as a compact liquid under moderate pressure and burned as a dry gaseous vapour. (It expands to approximately 270 times its liquid volume when reverting to vapour).
Natural gas is a very efficient and cost effective way to cook, produce hot water, and heat your home. The use of gas can enhance your lifestyle and lower your energy bills, especially if you are currently depending on expensive electricity to run your most energy dependent appliances.
For gas repairs and installations you have the added peace of mind knowing that only a highly trained, licensed gas fitter will be carrying out the gas fitting work. This ensures that you and your family are protected and the highest level of safety, competence and care has been applied to your gas installation.
Gas leak and fault detection and repair. They use many sophisticated new technologies such as combustible gas leak detector and digital manometer
Gas hot water system repair and new installs (including Rheem Stellar – high efficiency)
Gas cooktops, stoves, ovens, Barbecue / BBQ area, and other appliances
Gas space heaters, stand alone units, central heating
Design and installation of new gas systems
Repairing or replacing your existing gas service
Replacing old gas pipes; old galvanised steel gas pipes with new copper pipes
Replacing old gas meters
Installing gas bayonets for economical winter heating
Haven’t had your gas plumbing serviced in a while? Give us a call for an inspection. We’ll send a gas plumber to your home to examine your system thoroughly and spot any potential problems. After their inspection, they will provide you with a list of any improvements they think are necessary.
If you could benefit from upgrading or replacing your gas pipes or gas meter, they’ll provide you with a detailed quote to explain the costs involved. They can even help you decide if a gas bayonet could improve the efficiency of your system during the winter months.
We have professionals in the installation of new gas units. Our Sydney Plumbers fit gas units in existing or new homes and businesses. Using the required skills, they can fit your unit in a manner that is both safe and secure. No matter the problem, you can call us to help fit new lines or replace existing ones. Disruption is something they will do best to limit and mange. Contact us and call to get your Gas plumbing Sydney unit installation quote.
Hot water is the lifeblood of any household or business premises. If you are experiencing a problem with your hot water heater then get in touch with us as soon as possible for a quote. Our gas plumbers have extensive experience in repair and maintenance work and new installations
A 24 Hour Emergency Plumber Sydney is the first choice for reliable gas fitting and installations. All of our team are qualified welders that are certified for commercial grade gas fitting and joining. Our specialist technicians are able to do your gas repair or gas appliance installation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are able to provide emergency gas welding repairs and installations at anytime.
Whether your gas appliance is run by LPG or Natural gas they are able to install and commission any gas installations.
Detecting Gas Leaks
If you smell gas, or you suspect that you have a leak somewhere, then call us immediately. Knowing that there is no time to spare, they will rush out to you urgently. The dangers are well known, and it is why we only register the very best Plumbers in the business. Speed is of the essence. All of our Plumbers are able to move fast no matter how critical the emergency is.
So if you can smell gas in or around your home call Sydney Emergency Plumbing to investigate the cause. Gas leak detection and repair should not be delayed. Your health and safety may be at risk. Stopping the leak will save money on your gas bill, too. Sydney Emergency Plumbing has all the equipment to carry out tests at your property to find and repair a gas leak.
Be aware that gas leaks can commonly occur near: gas meter, cylinders or bottles, stove, heater, oven, hot water heater, bbq, bayonet points connections and fittings.
Our Plumbers use the latest detection equipment to pinpoint your gas leak quickly. They will repair the problem to keep you and your property safe and prevent unnecessarily high gas bills.
It’s easy and safe to check for a gas leak yourself:
Turn off all your gas appliances at the control point or pilot light ( hot water heater )
Write down the gas meter reading before you go to bed and check to see if it has changed by morning. If the number on your meter has risen overnight, there may be a gas leak requiring a plumber’s services.
Detecting a gas leak is not difficult when you have the know how to detection. If you can smell something similar to rotten eggs then that should be a clear sign. An option of checking if there is any leaking gas is to look at the meter to see if it’s still ticking over.
Gas leaks can be dangerous and it is essential that a qualified gas fitter tests and repairs any gas leak on either natural gas or LPG gas pipelines or appliances. They have the correct gas equipment to test and confirm if there is a leak in your home or office. If the leak is below ground or in a concealed space then our gas fitter can quote you to fix the leak and replace the gas pipework where required – and they can fix your gas leak 24 hours, 7 days a week.
If your existing gas pipes (natural gas or LPG) require repair, replacement, upgrading or extending then we have the right solution for you.
In an emergency situation we are often able to help replace gas pipework the same day – and we’re available 24 hours, 7 days a week!
We can help carry out repairs and maintenance on existing gas appliances – and our vans carry a wide range of spare parts to suit the majority of gas appliances. We issue a certificate of compliance for any gas work undertaken.
HOW IS A GAS LEAK REPAIRED?
Our professional Plumbers use ‘bubble leak’ and gas leak detection devices to find your gas leak. The leak may be at section of pipe, in a connection, within the appliance itself, or elsewhere on the property.
Once the source of the leak has been found, the method or repair is determined and action is taken to repair the problem. Identifying and stopping a gas leak is the first important step in making your property safe again while in the long term, attending to gas leaks promptly means no more wasted money paying for leaking gas.
A 24 Hour Emergency Plumber Sydney is available 24 hours, seven days a week, to detect, stop and repair gas leaks.
If you’re building a new home or would like to change to a gas system, Sydney Emergency Plumbing can help! They have more than 13 years of experience installing gas systems in new and existing buildings and they can easily determine the most affordable and efficient way to handle your job.