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Turning off the Gas

Floodwaters may knock out pilot lights and silt may get into burners.  To prevent a fire and/or other safety hazard, you should turn off the gas before you evacuate.

If you have any doubts, play it safe and call your gas provider.


Checking for Gas Leaks

Check for leaky fuel pipes by smelling for gas.  A chemical that has a disagreeable, distinctive odor is added to natural gas and propane to tell you if there is a leak.  If you have any doubts, have a professional check for you.

Do not use open flames.

Make sure the valve that leads to each appliance is closed.

If you find any pipes that moved, or any area that smells like gas, brush soapy water on each pipe connection as illistraed below.  The pressure will make bubbles appear where there is a leak.


If you find a leak:

  • turn off the gas
  • unscrew the pipe connection
  • clean the joint
  • apply pipe joint compund or pipe tape on the threads
  • screw the pieces back together tightly
  • turn of the gas and check the connection again with soapy water.

If you still have a leak, or are unsure if your system is safe, turn off the gas and call your gas provider.