How To Turn The Gas In Your House Off And On
If you're leaving your house for a long time, you don't want to risk a gas leak. Let VideoJug show you how to safely turn off your natural gas.
Step 1: You will need
- The Main Gas Valve
- A Wrench
- A Firm Grip
Step 2: Recognize A Leak
Natural gas is odorless. But if you smell rotten eggs or sulfur, or hear a hissing sound, you might have a gas leak. It's the gas companies that add that sulfur or rotten egg smell, precisely so you know when gas is escaping.
Gas may be leaking from a broken pipe or a pilot light that's gone out. Don't call for help from inside the house.
A cell phone or portable phone could spark the gas and cause an explosion. Even unplugging an appliance from a wall socket is dangerous. It's also important that you don't create a fire of any kind, including matches and candles when gas is leaking.
In the event of a gas leak, you want to immediately get out of your home and call the gas company from a safe location. Then it's time to shut off your gas...
Step 3: Find Your Valve
Each house is unique but your main gas valve is usually located near your gas meter on a pipe coming out of the ground.
Step 4: Turn The Valve Off
A valve that is "on" runs vertically along the gas pipe. To turn your gas off, you want to turn the valve so it is parallel to the ground. The valve may be tight so you may need to use a wrench.
Step 5: Bringing Back The Gas
To turn on the gas, turn the valve so it's perpendicular to the ground. However, while turning off your gas is simple, turning it back on is more complicated.
Throughout your house, appliances such as the oven or water heater, use a pilot light that will need to be relit. For this step, it's highly recommended you contact the gas company before turning back on the gas. Their representative will make sure your home's natural gas system is leak-free and safe to operate.