Everyone should know how to spot an emergency gas leak in their home or business. This is especially true for people who live in older homes, which are more likely to have lead service lines connecting their homes to the city main.
Knowing what signs of a potential gas leak you should be looking out for can save everyone’s lives. A gas leak can be potentially deadly and should always be taken seriously.
Dangers of a Gas Leak
The methane in natural gas can be harmful in many different ways. While natural gas is non-toxic, there are certain conditions that can cause natural gas leaks to create the following problems:
- Fires or explosions caused by flammable mixtures exposed to air
- Expensive gas bill
- Property damage
- Harm to your pets, plants, and loved ones
In this case, it is crucial to know what the warning signs of an emergency gas leak are. Being aware of these signs can not only save your property, but also the lives of those around you.
Smell of Gas
If you smell gas for more than a few minutes, there is a good chance that there is a gas leak. Do not try to find the leak yourself; instead, leave the area and call the gas company. Do not light any matches or turn on any lights, as this could cause an explosion.
To give natural gas a distinct fragrance, most natural gas producers add a chemical called mercaptan. The odor is typically described as mimicking sulfur or rotten eggs, and it is immediately detectable in your home. Because most gasses are colorless and odorless, this helps you stay safe. If you notice this odor, it’s a good idea to look into the cause of the leak or call one of our plumbing professionals.
Whistling or Hissing
If you hear a hissing or roaring sound, there is likely a gas leak. Pay attention to where the hissing sound is coming from; if it’s coming from near your air conditioner, it could be your refrigerant line, a leaking valve, or a malfunctioning compressor. Again, leave the area and call a professional. Do not try to find the leak yourself.
If you see gas leaking from a pipe or appliance, turn off the gas at the source if you can and leave the area. If you can see gas escaping from a pipe or other opening, there is a gas leak. Do not touch the gas, as it may be hot. If you see gas leaking but do not know where it is coming from, call a professional immediately.
How to Prevent Gas Leaks
One way to prevent gas leaks is to have your gas appliances serviced by a professional every year. Perform maintenance on all the equipment that use gas, such as BBQs, grills and dryers. Also, check for any rust or corrosion on gas pipes and valves.
When unsure about the safety of your gas system or if you’ve never had it inspected, call Certified Plumbing of Brevard. Our professionals can perform an inspection of your home for any leaks as well as check the overall health of your gas pipes.
Call Our Gas Leak Experts
You deserve professionals who can provide quality services at a fair price. Certified Plumbing of Brevard is here to help with all of your residential and commercial gas leak issues. Certified Plumbing provides 24-hour emergency service, seven days a week, and we service the entire county of Brevard. Whether you need a free quote or emergency repair services, our expert team is here to help. Call Certified Plumbing of Brevard today at (321) 676-0812.