Gas Leak Frustration

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 4
455 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@mrscali13:  My FI owns his own HVAC company and is a licensed gas fitter, I can tell you right now those prices are crazy, we’re in Ontario so maybe prices here aren’t as high but the company should be able to use a leak detection dye kit (costs about $60 from the suppliers) they inject it into the gas line and it will turn the gas green or purple etc depending on the colour of the kit.  Using that they can find the leak pretty easily.  

Do you have a gas fireplace or something on the second level of your home that would require a gas line?  Otherwise there would be no need for them to go into the second level of your home.  Even if they need to cut open the drywall, they shouldn’t need to take much out to be able to scope for a leak if they use a dye kit for it.

I would keep calling around for pricing personally.  My FI will replace the gas line in someone’s home for about $1200 and with that he’s making a fairly good income for one day’s work.  It would also depend on whether the gas line is done in copper, cast iron or flex pipe that will determine how much work is involved.

Post # 5
1248 posts
Bumble bee

@mrscali13:  the gas company will find and repair leaks if they are in their line (meter to main). If its in the house line, then yes, it is up to the customer to find a plumber to fix it. SO sucks you didn’t know it was a separate bill & That the previous owners probably caused it. Good luck!!

Post # 6
1785 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Call your local fire department,. We are in Alaska so it might be a local thing but our fire dept will sometimes do gas leak checks for suuuuper reasonable if it is in an apartment etc. If you are in a town home connected to other buildings it is certainly a cause for concern for the fire dept if one of them is leaking gas. I would also try calling a boiler repair service, often times their guys are certified in reparing more than just boilers and could point you to a cheaper option to find the leak. 

Post # 7
4649 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

mrscali13:  A little FYI, plumbers are expensive! Lol! We just had a plumber come out, replace about 2 feet (max) of lead pipe (to copper) and it cost $380! He was there less than an hour! And now we have another leak. Yay. I personally have found Angie’s List to be pretty helpful. There is a small yearly fee to use it, though.

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