Tiny bubbles

Remember the post about the new gas meter? Well, the meter swap wasn’t the end of the shenanigans:

A week after the swap, we turned the gas back on to the heater. Steve lit the pilot light for me and immediately smelled gas. That’s not unusual when first lighting a pilot, so we went back to other jobs around the house and checked back in a couple hours. We still smelled gas when we came back. Rut-roh!

In relocating a (gas) dryer the guys took apart a lot of the lines. They couldn’t properly check for leaks since the gas was switched off. Well, it looked like we had just found a leak in one of the joints. How were we planning to find it with all those pipe fittings in jammed in around one location?

These were all undone and now there was a leak. :-(

These lines were undone and now there was a leak.

Actually, that was quite an easy thing to do. All Steve and I needed were our big Italian schnoz’s noses and some dish soap. Recalling the pipes were recently moved around, it was safe to assume the smell was not a malfunction of the heater, but rather a fitting that needed to be tightened. If we showed up and smelled gas in any other event, we would have called in a professional. That said, you should NOT try this out at home. Call a professional ’cause if you have an issue you could blow yourself right to Kingdom Come. In fact, if you ever smell gas when you enter your home, the first thing to do is GET THE HECK OUT! (Duh.)

Back to it:
We smelled around a bit and identified the general area we thought was the source. There were multiple joints and fittings there so we had to use the soap to narrow it down. We just globbed it on the fittings and waited for bubbles to form. See?

Bubbles

Bubbles

The soap allows little bubbles to form, identifying the source of the leak.

The soap bubbles up, identifying the source of the leak.

Now we knew right were we needed to focus. Steve tightened up that location and used a little more soap to ensure everything was sealed. And that’s all there is to say about that. 🙂

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