During a recent property survey for a client to assess a structural issue, our eagle eyed structural engineer identified a crack in a gas pipe
It was a typical day for one of our structural engineers, his tasks for the day involved surveying a couple of properties to assess for cracks and subsidence. The Gas Leak Detected By Our Engineer could have potentially prevented a disaster.
After breakfast he headed to the customers property to carry out a site survey to investigate a main beam in a property.
During his thorough assessment and investigation, he discovered a crack in a gas pipe. It transpired that the crack was indeed leaking gas, but thankfully, not so much as to cause immediate danger to the occupants.
However, had any works been carried out, it could have possibly been knocked, or additional stresses placed upon it to cause the fracture in the pipe to open up further, leaking gas into an enclosed working environment that could have ignited.
Gas Leak Detected By Our Engineer
The thought of an explosion in that particular part of the property could have been a disaster, thankfully his method of investigation and thorough checks spotted the potentially harmful issue.
It also transpired that further investigation led to the discovery of an even bigger issue, that potentially affected the entire street.
Sharing this short story highlights the level of detail offered by our surveyors and another reason why you should always employ the service of a reputable and trusted surveying specialist.
Our structural and building surveyors provide a very detailed investigation along with a comprehensive report.
With out findings, not only does it offer peace of mind but also the information required in order to rectify the issues you have.
Alpine Surveys takes great pride in their work and reports and are very proud to have a team of dedicated professionals on board.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A GAS LEAK?
Information provided by British Gas…
First of all turn off the gas if safe to do so
If you think you have a gas leak, you need to turn off your gas supply at the meter.
- Find your emergency control valve. In newer houses, the emergency control valve is normally outside with the gas meter – in a meter box. If it’s not there, try looking under the stairs, beneath the kitchen sink or in the garage.
- Turn the handle so the lever is at 90 degrees to the upright gas pipe.
- Open all your doors and windows to let gas out and some fresh air in.
- Don’t switch anything electrical on or off.
- Put out all naked flames. Don’t smoke, strike matches or do anything which could make the gas catch fire.
- If you have any electrical security entry phones or locks, don’t use them. Open your doors manually.
If in doubt, get out and call them out!