How to tell if there is a gas leak in your home
Gas lines are an essential part of your home and business. They power
stoves, water heaters, and other appliances to keep you warm and
comfortable. However, your gas line also naturally carries volatiles
items that can be dangerous. Over time, gas lines corrode making them
prone to cracking or breaking. When gas leak occurs, it is better to attack the
problem immediately to eliminate unsafe and even deadly conditions.
Gas Leak Signs
As buildings age, so do their gas lines. This increases the chances of
have gas leaks, which are particularly dangerous because you cannot always
smells. Here is a list of signs that can help you identify if there are
a gas leak in your house
- Smell of rotten eggs
Natural gas has no odor. Gas companies add a chemical called
mercaptan, which has a very recognizable “rotten egg”, similar to sulfur
smell. This is with the intention that when people smell the unpleasant
aroma, they realize there is a problem with the gas line.
- Higher gas bill
One of the easiest ways to tell if you have a leak is to pay attention
to your gas bills. When there is a sudden and unexplained increase in your
gas bills, most likely due to a leak.
As soon as you find yourself paying more than you normally pay for gas,
call a professional plumber. Not only will they help you save more money on
long-term, but they will make sure you and your family are safe.
- Dead plants or blackish green soil in your garden
If you notice dead plants inside your home or patches of dead grass and
blackish green soil near where a gas pipe runs, could mean your
Vegetation has been exposed to a toxic gas.
- Whistling noises from a gas pipe or appliance
If you hear a hissing or hissing noise from an appliance or a
pipe, means there is a crack or break in the gas line. Natural gas
is under pressure, so it emits a hissing noise when it escapes from the
pipeline. This indicates that there is a substantial gas leak, so you should
Call a professional plumber as soon as possible to repair the damaged line.
- Feeling dizzy or headaches.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is the result of exposure to toxic gases during
an extended period of time. Symptoms include: dizziness, dullness
headaches, nausea, shortness of breath, confusion, and blurred vision. Yes
have these symptoms, turn off all gas appliances, go out
from your house, and call a professional
What to do in the event of a gas leak
If you identify with any of the above situations, turn off all
appliances, open the windows, leave the property and call a professional
plumber to take over the situation.
If you suspect a gas leak and live in the Denver metro area,
call Denver Plumbers to repair your gas line.