I’m Dan. The man in the shiny green Jim’s van. Because here at Jim’s we do a lot of gas hot water systems, all of our plumbers are also qualified gas fitters. That means they can put in any gas appliance you care to name – heaters, stoves, even BBQs.
You need to know what you’re doing when it comes to gas because leaks can be dangerous. That’s why we have to give you a certificate of compliance to show that everything’s been done according to the regulations.
Are Gas Leaks Dangerous?
Unless you’ve got no sense of smell and the gas gets concentrated in a small space, blowing up the house is not really on the cards. But it is a possibility and it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry. There are bad accidents in Australia every year. The reason gas has that rotten egg smell is so you know that gas is leaking. If you smell it, it means you’ve got to do something. It’s stuff that’s added to natural gas for safety. Back in the thirties in the US a school blew up and since then that smell is always mixed in. A persistent whiff of gas shouldn’t be ignored. What you need to do is turn off all your gas appliances and switch off the supply at the meter. Then you should open the windows to let the air through. And then you give us a ring. And don’t light up a smoke. If the gas is at the right concentration any little spark can set it off, so switching on the lights is out too.
Get Value for Money
Besides the danger that it might go up, you’re not getting any value for money letting gas go to waste. Sometimes the first thing that makes you wake up to a leak is a sudden uptick in your bill for no good reason.
Our guys at Jim’s have got the gear to find exactly where any leak might be and of course we can fix it.
Carbon Monoxide Testing
Another hazard with gas is carbon monoxide. You might remember Vitas Gerulaitus. He won the Australian Open tennis in the seventies and was a big star back in the day. He was only 40 when he went to sleep in a friend’s guesthouse and never woke up. Apparently the pool heater hadn’t been installed properly and the exhaust fumes made their way into his room. Carbon monoxide is deadly and even fairly low concentrations can give you a hell of a headache and make you sick.
Keep the Outdoors Outside
Carbon monoxide’s a byproduct of burning gas and can be real trouble. It’s the main reason why you can’t use those outdoor gas heaters inside. Out in the open the CO disperses easily, but if you take them inside there isn’t enough ventilation and they can kill. It’s why most fireplace style gas heaters have a flue poking through the roof to get rid of the fumes.
At Jim’s we do a carbon monoxide test when we install appliances to make sure everything is safe and working like it should.
More for Less
The other thing with gas is that the new appliances have got really efficient, especially hot water. If you’ve got gas on and your old electric storage system is about to give up the ghost, your best bet is to switch to gas continuous. That way you get hot water that doesn’t run out for a lot less.
Cooking with Gas
There are heaps of good reasons to go with gas if you can. Plenty of people prefer a good radiant heat source to an air conditioner and like to see some flames on a freezing winter’s night. As for cooking, people reckon that gas is the best because you’ve got more fine control over the heat. I suppose it’s why they say “you’re cooking with gas”.
Gas Fitting done Right
Gas might have some hazards, but so does electricity – there are more fires from electrical faults than there are gas explosions and electrocution is always a possibility. And like electricity, gas is something you have to leave to the pros. Here at Jim’s we’ve seen it all and know what we’re doing. So if you’ve got a leak or need gas hot water or want any other sort of gas work done, give Jim’s a call.