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  1. #1
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    Hello all,

    There is a Gas meter outside the house. When I go near the gas meter, I can smell some gas.
    Not a lot of gas but when I get my nose close to the meter, I can smell the gas. (This has been happening for over a year)

    Is this a sign of gas leaking?
    Or is it normal?

    When you get your nose close enough to your meter, do you smell gas?

    Thanks.

  2. #2
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    NO NOT NORMAL call utility company and have checked.

  3. #3
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    absolutely have your gas company come and check it out.better safe than sorry.

  4. #4
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    smell

    The smell is added to let you know you have a problem.

  5. #5
    Call to have it checked, I bet they are there same day.
    Leaks up to and including the meter are the responsibility of the utility; leaks after the meter are your responsibility.

  6. #6
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    Call the utilty company. Hope the leak is not after the meter, that could be one high gas bill.

  7. #7
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    No it is not normal. The regulator can vent from time to time and that is why they want them clear of windows to avoid nuissance leak calls, but if you smell the 'mercapator' (sp?), call the gas co immediately.

    If you smell it inside, leave the house, don't touch any light switches or appliances, and call the gas co.
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  8. #8
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    What they all said

  9. #9
    I had a similar situation. Turns out the leak wasn't near the meters at all. The line underground from the street had cracked. The gas was actually coming up from a drain near the meters.

    The utility tore up the street the next day to fix the leak.

  10. #10
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    Cool leak?

    As Carnak pointed out, it is common for some gas to leak out of the vent of occasion. Every time the pressures fluctuate, the diaphragm has to move in response. Air either enters or exhausts from that vent. Sometimes a little gas seeps out. However, if a lot of gas if leaking or it is leaking steady, the diaphragm is probably ruptured and needs to be replaced (whole regulator). Anything made by man will eventually fail.

    I do agree to call the gas co. because they need to rule out a possibly larger leak in the ground or house. They can check the regulator, too. Just understand once you call them, they might lock out your meter until it is repaired.

  11. #11
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    I would expect to smell gas in a gas meter!

    -- it is bad to smell it outside of the gas meter.
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  12. #12
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    Originally posted by cem-bsee
    I would expect to smell gas in a gas meter!

    -- it is bad to smell it outside of the gas meter.
    Thats what I was thinking

  13. #13
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    This is Turtle

    call the gas company right now and have them attend to it Right now. Well Ok in the morning.

    TURTLE

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