Connecting your home appliances to a natural gas hose is regularly a safe process that will save you plenty of money. However, what should you do when you get a leak? Here are some tips on repairing a natural gas hose on your own. If you're careful enough, you’ll be able to fix a problem like this without having to hire a professional. Irregularities in natural gas hoses have several probable causes, including pets chewing on the material, heavy equipment placed accidentally on top of the hose, over-tightening in the joints, or too much exposure to direct sunlight and outdoor elements. Although, most hoses are very resistant, sometimes they will have to be fixed or replaced. Keep in mind that as soon as you notice the leak, you will have to stop using your appliance immediately and turn off the main gas valve until the situation is managed and fixed. This way, you will be avoiding the risk of gas poisoning.
Step 1 - Detecting the Damage
As soon as you notice any problems with the gas delivery among your appliances, you’ll have to detect how bad the damage is in the natural gas hose, and whether it is fixable at all. Your problems may be due to a bad or lose connections, so it's always a good idea to first detect what part of the hose is failing. To do this, use your liquid soap mixed on water, and apply this combination all along the hose with a paint brush. If you see small bubbles popping out, then you have a hole in your hose and it will be better to replace it. If, after doing this, you haven’t found anything unusual in the hose, try tightening the connections with your adjustable wrench.
Step 2 - Fixing or Replacing?
When having a hole in your hose, you will probably be able to find repair kits on the market. It is advisable for you to be careful with this, since sometimes kits may not help you seal the hose completely, and the problem could come back. Many of these are only temporary solutions to your natural gas hose leak. In this situation, and to avoid risks, replacing the hose is strongly recommended. You will find a wide range of hoses in your local hardware store. Pick the most appropriate one based on the size and material of the old hose.
Step 3-Replacing the Natural Gas Hose
Be sure to turn off the gas valve before starting any job. Once you have done that, take the hose off from the valve assembly with your adjustable wrench and replace it for the new one. Then turn back on the gas service and check if everything is working as it should with your natural gas hose.
You should perform regular checks on your gas connections. This way, you will be able to take early action and avoid health risks for you and your family. You could also consider getting hose protectors. Though most natural gas hoses are very damage resistant and long lasting, leaving them out there on the yard or around the house makes them vulnerable to nature, kids and pets.