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There is a strong smell of rotten eggs coming from the cooking area, and I suspect I have a propane leak, the house has an external propane tank. We have evacuated the house and turned off the pilot lamps and turned off all electricity to the house. The propane supplier will come tomorrow to inspect the leak. I have never had this problem before, do you think the leak is from the appliance? or are there other common causes of leak like busted lines etc? Any idea how much it is going to cost us to fix it ? I dont want to get ripped off my the propane supplier guy.
 

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No way to know where the leak is until he tests everything with a leak detector and a soap solution. He should show you where the leak is with a soap solution. You won't get ripped off if you see the leak yourself. Ask them how much they charge for the service call AND their hourly rate when they get there B4 they arrive so there are no surprises. Most companies charge for traveling time or have a callout fee. Propane is VERY dangerous as it is heavier than air and will settle to the lowest point of the house. Don't walk in with a cigarette. The gas co uses explosion proof flashlights.
 

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Should have shut off the valve at the propane tank/tanks.

So it doesn't fill the house. And to keep from having to pay to replace all that propane.

Could be a line, or your range.

How much to repair, depends what is leaking, and what is involved to repair it.

Go back and turn off the tank valves.
 

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if you have a gas range with standing/straight pilots.. pilots probably went out... good to call some one though & let them check
 

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The propane guy found the leak under the gas stove, there was a leak in the coupling, some propane leaked into the drywall through the hole where the propane line comes into the house. I had to air out the house for a day to get the rotten smell out, the smell is not all gone yet. It cost me $110 for the fix.

Thanks for the tips.
 

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I thought the propane guy fixed the leak, I air the house out for 2 days but I still smell the propane, its not as pungent as before but I can still smell the foul smell, there is a small hole in the dry wall where the tube comes out into the kitchen, the smell seems to be coming from there, do you think some propane that leaked might have leaked into the hole? the hole is approx 10inches from the floor. If it is in my dry wall how do I get it out? Or may be there is a another source of a leak that the technician did not find ?
 

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If you think there is a leek call them back

Also check how much propane you have. If you have less than 10 precent you will have a smell untill you refill. Good luck
 

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Also check how much propane you have. If you have less than 10 precent you will have a smell untill you refill. Good luck
Yep I am definitely going to call them back to check on it again, I am getting a headache from this smell so are the others in the house. But I did not follow why the smell will go away if I refilled ?
 

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Propane is heavier than air so it will settle to the basement/lower area. I have had cases where people had a sewer gas smell and thought it was gas. It can be similar and give you headaches. One customer had faulty plumbing to/under her sink and it leaked sewer gas. Make sure all your floor drains etc are working properly and not empty/dry. Radon gas is another big problem in parts of North America. You would need a environmental test co to check for that. They should be able to tell you if it is radon, sewer or propane that you smell.

Good Luck
 
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