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How to Detect Gas Leak in Your Home

How to Detect Gas Leak in Your Home

How to Detect Gas Leak in Your Home

If you enjoy your warm rooms and hot water, then you may owe it to your gas line. These pipes bring more than just convenience, though. They deliver odorless and potentially toxic gases throughout your building. If you are not mindful, you could be exposed to these dangerous gases. Fortunately, your friends at Drain Doctor have put together this quick-read article on how to detect a gas leak in your home. Of course, we recommend you schedule routine inspections to have a licensed plumbers make sure everything is okay. We definitely advise you arrange an emergency dispatch if you suspect a leak any other day.

The Dangers of a Gas Leak

Natural gas is delivered to appliances in tens of millions of households in the United States through specially built gas lines. The common leftovers of burned natural gas are carbon dioxide, water vapor, and small amounts of nitrogen oxides. These are non-toxic for the most part, but imbalances can cause more serious risks. When the mixture of fuel and oxygen is out of balance, carbon monoxide may be produced. As you may know, carbon monoxide is a deadly poison that kills over 500 people in the United States every year.

Natural gas is also extremely flammable and combustible. One spark, even an electrical spark from your phone, can ignite the natural gas leak and cause an explosion. This is why we recommend you evacuate your building immediately if you suspect a gas leak.

Signs of A Gas Leak

You should always be mindful if you have gas lines running throughout your property. Keep your eyes, nose, and ears peeled for some of these signs of trouble:

  • Using Your Sense of Smell: While the gas is naturally odorless and colorless, most natural gas companies put an additive called mercaptan to give the gas a distinct smell. If you get a whiff of sulfur or rotten eggs, then you might have a gas leak.
  • Using Your Sense of Hearing: Listen for whistling or hissing noise coming from the gas line. Do not get too close to the pipes to listen for such noise though!
  • Using Your Sense of Sight: Take a good look around the gas lines. You may notice extra condensation on windows near a leaking gas line. The leaking gas can also wither or kill nearby plants and vegetation.

What to Do

If you suspect a gas leak, then evacuate the building as soon as possible leaving as many doors and windows open as you can. Call 911 and let your local gas company know about the situation. The building is not safe to re-enter until emergency services and your local gas company inspect the gas line. Once they have ensured the property is safe, you can call Drain Doctor to arrange a repair.

Drain Doctor is proud to offer flexible appointments as well as emergency dispatches. Whether you need a routine inspection or an urgent gas line repair, our qualified plumbers are ready, willing, and able to help.