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Bought a home...and it came with a gas leak (unaware)

My husband and I closed escrow on a home on May 4th.  The same week we moved in i called the propane company to turn on the propane. In order to do that they inspect the appliances that require propane- for us its the dryer and central heat.

The gentleman from the propane company determined that even with the dryer and central heat turned off, the propane tank was still seeping gas. His device determined there was no leaking from the tank or the appliances. Before we go spending the money to fix this...

My question is, the gas leak was never disclosed to us, is there anything we can do? My neighbor mentioned a home warranty- that was the first time I have ever heard of that.
  • May 23 2014 - San Diego
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Sorry to hear about the gas leak. Have you done a home inspection before close of escrow? The seller usually purchase a home warranty to cover for defects within a one year. Call your agent to ensure you have coverage.
 
  • May 30 2014
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The guy from the propane company didn't use his detector to check the connections to the appliances?  This seems most likely.  When you say "shut off", do you mean the valve to the connection hose was also shut off?

Have you confirmed there are no other devices, such as perhaps a water heater?

Before proceeding with fixing it, you at least need to identify where it is leaking.  Does the pipe go underground?  Did the propane company representative check both where the pipe enters the ground, and where it rises?

When I had a small natural gas leak inside a stove, the gas company fixed it and adjusted the stove at no cost; just part of the service they offer for the safety of their customers.
  • May 24 2014
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Welcome to home ownership.  "it was never disclosed to us".  Perhaps no one knew, most likely it hadn't been a problem before.    Did you have an inspection?     

If you have a home warranty, you would have received the documentation at closing.  Sometimes a seller will provide a home warranty to cover the first year of things going wrong.  Otherwise, call the appropriate person to repair it and move forward.
  • May 23 2014
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