A Gas Smell From a Wall Outlet

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A gas smell from a wall outlet should require you to first remove the cover. Find out what to do about a gas smell from a wall outlet with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Good day, everyone. I'm Joshua Clement, and today I'm going to talk to you about a gas smell coming from your wall outlets. Whenever you smell gas in the house it's never OK just to let it go and hoping it goes away. It's always important to make sure you identify the problem and take care of it immediately. The first thing you're going to do is go ahead and remove your cover plate to make sure that the smell is coming from the inside of the outlet box. If it is you want to go ahead and turn off the gas to the house immediately. That way if it is a natural gas leak or a propane leak it's not leaking into your house and might catch fire on your stove or something like that. Next you want to make sure that it's not just an electrical burning. Sometimes people mistake an electrical burn as a gas smell. You want to check out the inside of your outlet, make sure there aren't any burning marks. If there are you want to go ahead and replace the outlet immediately. Now it's never common to run gas lines with joints in them inside the walls. You always run them from the crawl space up. That way every joint can be accessed and tested. It's not very common just to run one inside the wall. So the chances of a gas leak inside your wall is very slim. But you do want to go ahead and check all your gas lines to make sure that they aren't leaking. Now if you don't feel safe checking these gas lines best thing to do is one, call your gas company. Make sure that they haven't had any leaks around there in their units. Two, call a professional. Thank you all for watching and good luck with this project.


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