We have been talking a lot about home repair and DIY jobs recently. Sometimes to get these jobs done you need to be able to turn off either your home water supply, or even your electrical power. These are common tasks, which rarely have complications. On rare occasions, you may have the need to turn off your home’s gas supply as well. This needs to be done with extreme caution. You are going to need some help.
When to turn off the Gas Supply
This situations don’t come up very often, but when they do, it is good to be prepared. If you are doing major home renovations, particularly in the kitchen, you may need to turn off the gas line. Alternatively, if you are a seasonal homeowner, and you are leaving for a long period of time, it is wise to turn off the gas line. If you suspect you have a home gas leak, turn off the gas line and call for help immediately. You could be in danger.
Turning off the Gas
You should have a natural gas meter which has be supplied by your utility company. This is where the main gas shutoff valve will be located. You may need a wrench or some pliers to turn off the gas. Rotate the handle of the shutoff so that it faces perpendicularly away from the gas line. Look at the meter to ensure that there is no gas flowing through the line. If you are not sure it has been fully turned off, contact a service professional.
Getting Gas Back
You should never turn your gas line back on by yourself. This is the job for either a licensed plumber or a technician from your service company. Remember, natural gas is very very flammable. Any mistake could be deadly. When in doubt, turn to a professional.