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Thread: Gas smell mystery solved!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Lafayette, Indiana

    Gas smell mystery solved!

    Well it all started about 6-8 months ago. Every once in a while while out in the yard I would think that I could smell natural gas in the air. When it happens I always stopped cold in my tracks and sniffed the air again but no smell. So I went on about my business doing yard work or whatever. Then came this winter. I'm not outside much during the winter except to shovel snow but there have been two more times while shoveling snow that I thought I smelled gas. I would again stop and sniff the air but again no smell. Well this week the snow all melted and the wife takes the dog for a walk and comes in and says she smells gas again. I go out side and this time the smell is very strong. I go inside and call the gas company. About 15 minutes later a guy in a truck stops by and I go out to talk to him and show him where we smell the gas. He gets a big whiff of it and is convinced right away that a underground valve must be leaking. Well it turns out that the leaking valve is buried in my front yard. He tells me that it has to be fixed right away. The next couple of hours a line of trucks and backhoes line my street as they dig up my front yard...pump out the water from the hole and replace the underground valve. The guy tells me that they will be back another time to repair my yard. He said it should be sometime before I have to mow. So now my yard that I work so hard to make look nice looks like a bomb hit it with little flags marking the other underground utilities and big orange cones around a pile of mud.
    Yes I'm glad it wasn't a more serious problem...but you don't yard What a mess!
    Lesson learned....even if you think you smell somebody!
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Sounds like no fun at all, Tom. On the bright side, the destruction was limited to your yard...

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV

    Glad it got fixed!!!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    North of Reno, NV...middle of the desert
    Glad you figured it out.

    One time while working in a (pet food) factory almost all of us almost fainted from gas (no dog jokes here). We called the fire dept. and they could not detect anything from the factory itself and suggested that a truck rolling down the highway could have emitted gas that got sucked into the air conditioning system (yeah, sounds pretty far fetched to me too).

    Make them make it good as new

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Buse Township MN
    Aw man, that stinks!

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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Indianapolis area
    I'm glad they got it fixed. That reminded me of about 13 years ago. We had someone pounding and yelling at the front door. It was a fireman telling us to leave the area immediately. We gather our son and the dog and went to a friends house. About a mile away there had been a break in a major gas line. It sounded like a jet engine from our house. Do to the wind direction we couldn't smell anything. We were able to return home about 10 hours later. Gas leaks aren't to be taken lightly. I hope they repair the lawn to your satisfaction.


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  7. #7
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    Jun 2010
    Vancouver Island, Courtenay/Comox Valley, British Columbia
    what a bummer, Tom. But it's a blessing that you got it fixed. Pictures! We want pictures!
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Orem, Utah
    When I was about 11 my Dad was stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base. We lived in a trailer park for a few months until my folks bought their first new home. (4 bedrooms, 2 baths for something like $13,000 ... this was 1972) It seems like the house went without a yard for a loong time.

    Anyway ... more than once we kids noticed small bubbles coming up through the mud after a rain. I remember being able to light a small "perpetual flame" on that spot of ground sometimes. I'm pretty sure we told our parents about it, but I honestly don't remember if anything was ever done to fix the problem.

  9. #9
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Sorry about the front yard but I'm sure glad they found the problem.
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  10. #10
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    Feb 2007
    Sorry about that, but a question if I may, does the repair of your front yard will leave it as it was before? I mean with grass and flowers if any?
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