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Old 01-11-2021, 02:05 PM
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Iíve lived in the same neighborhood for 7 years and frequently walk my dog. There are two spots on my usual route that smell of natural gas. Iíve reported these spots to PECO multiple times now and both spots were excavated and presumably the leaks were fixed. Months later, I can still smell gas.

Is this normal?

Is it possible that the gas has saturated the ground and will continue to smell long after the leak was fixed or have the leaks just not been fully addressed (ie multiple leaks in the same section of pipe)?
Old 01-11-2021, 02:19 PM
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Natural gas is lighter than air so it doesn't linger, but the Sulphur odorant added to gas to give it an odor may linger or get absorbed in the soil.
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I would call them back; there may be another leak or they didn't fix it correctly the first time.
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Is your dog walking out in front of you?
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My Labrador (R.I.P) found a leak about three feet in front of the meter. 3 years ago. Made a temp fix at the time and changed the line all the way to the street last month.
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Call them again. I had the same issue in the front of my house. I called they checked and did some half assed fix. Two weeks later and the smell was there again. I called the fire department instead. Needless to say they had to tear up the entire street but got it fixed correctly.
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Originally Posted by fishypete View Post
Call them again. I had the same issue in the front of my house. I called they checked and did some half assed fix. Two weeks later and the smell was there again. I called the fire department instead. Needless to say they had to tear up the entire street but got it fixed correctly.

Trust me, that beats the hell out of the Natural Gas tearing up the street for a repair!!!
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Originally Posted by fishypete View Post
Call them again. I had the same issue in the front of my house. I called they checked and did some half assed fix. Two weeks later and the smell was there again. I called the fire department instead. Needless to say they had to tear up the entire street but got it fixed correctly.
It seems like a least a few here agree that the areas shouldnít still smell months after repair.

I like the FD idea, but we have a volunteer fire department so Iím not sure how much more influence they have on this matter versus me. I may have to bite the bullet and get our dinky (and PITA) borough council involved. I havenít documented my communications to PECO, but Iíve contacted them at least 3 times for the leak closest to my house and 2 of those times have been after their initial (and only) repair. Quite frustrating and itís mind blowing that it doesnít get more attention from others given the foot traffic at this location.
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I work for a gas company in field operations responsible for emergency response. Call
your LDC!
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Originally Posted by burtonboards32 View Post
I work for a gas company in field operations responsible for emergency response. Call
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please help me out here, LDC?
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Quick update, I emailed the borough and here was the response that I received...

ďYes, that smell has been there for years and many residents call about it. Peco has responded and has dug up the area but the problem has never gone away. If you have any ideas, let me know.Ē

Unbelievable...
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Get somebody out with a gas detector to see what it is. Not sure weíre you live but yearly I had to get my pipeline leak detected. Normally involved an airplane looking for dead vegetation. Theses were natural gas pipe lines not utility lines.
Also used to use a guy who drive around on a atv with a snifter mounted to the front. I believe it could detection parts per million of a gas leak. Hehe this is all field stuff not sure how helpful it will be in the city.
Lastly could see if you can find a 4 head portable gas detector.

https://ca.msasafety.com/pn/10178356


Itís the Mercaptan your smelling


https://www.gdscorp.com/blog/natural...gas-additives/
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Originally Posted by MillenialMechie View Post
please help me out here, LDC?
Sorry for delay; Local Distribution Company.
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You could try to find the leak with one of these...



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1/15 Update:
Frustrated with PECO and the borough, I reached out to my PA State Senator (John Kane). His office alerted PECO of the leak. I received a call from the senatorís office today that PECO found 2 leaks. They are assessing how large the leaks are to determine how quickly they should be repaired. Iíll consider this a success if the leaks are repaired in the next few weeks.
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Originally Posted by MillenialMechie View Post
1/15 Update:
Frustrated with PECO and the borough, I reached out to my PA State Senator (John Kane). His office alerted PECO of the leak. I received a call from the senatorís office today that PECO found 2 leaks. They are assessing how large the leaks are to determine how quickly they should be repaired. Iíll consider this a success if the leaks are repaired in the next few weeks.
Congrats. Nice to see a politician doing their job. There is hope.
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Seems the gas co would have donwe a better job without the need for a senator
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Originally Posted by MillenialMechie View Post
1/15 Update:
Frustrated with PECO and the borough, I reached out to my PA State Senator (John Kane). His office alerted PECO of the leak. I received a call from the senatorís office today that PECO found 2 leaks. They are assessing how large the leaks are to determine how quickly they should be repaired. Iíll consider this a success if the leaks are repaired in the next few weeks.
Sounds like they will wait until it is very cold and then shut off gas to a bunch of houses
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Originally Posted by edwardh1 View Post
Seems the gas co would have donwe a better job without the need for a senator
PECO is the gas company. They have known about the leak for years. My options were narrowed down the local news station or the local senator.
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1/29 Update: the state senatorís office called today to inform me that PECO made a localized repair yesterday but after digging into this realized they need to replace a section of the main. PECO is now working that into their schedule. Getting the state senator involved was definitely the way to go on this one. Happy to finally see this come to an end.

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