- 5 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013
We bought a townhome in December, moved in January, and just had the gas company out last week (long story short, we thought gas was included in our other utilities, but it wasn’t, so they turned our gas off… they left it on for two months without us knowing we had to pay them separately!). In order to turn the gas back on, they had to do an inspection, and they discovered there was a gas leak somewhere in the house, but not at any of the appliances. They kept our gas shut off, told us to call a plumber to detect and fix the leak, and then call them back to turn our gas on. Apparently the gas company doesn’t fix gas leaks, just monitors usage.
Side Note: We didn’t notice until we started repainting every room that the previous owners did a lot of DIY projects (floors, cabinets, moulding, etc), and did a very shoddy job at that, so there’s a possibility they replaced some piping and did it poorly.
Anyway, after calling 10 different plumbers who listed gas leak detection on their websites, but then told us they don’t do that, we finally found someone on HomeAdvisor who was able to come out today. They told us it would be $350 to search for the leak on the first floor, since they can access it from our garage, and then another $750 to search for the leak going up the house. In doing this, they’d have to rip apart all the walls where piping is to check. That’s $1100 just to find the leak! Then it would be another $1200 to replace the piping. So, for $2300 they’ll find and replace the leak.
On the flip side, they’ll replace all of our gas piping for $2900, which includes ripping up all of our walls. However, we’d then have to pay someone to fix all the walls, and then repaint everything, which we spent so many hours/weekends doing in the first place.
Sorry for the length of the rant, we just weren’t expecting all these joys of home-ownership to hit so soon…