Gas leaks are one of the most dangerous issues to have pertaining to your home or place of business. Why? Because gas can be highly combustible causing fires to ignite or even explosions. It is very important to know the signs of potential gas leaks inside and outside of your home or place of business.
Signs of Gas Leaks
Keep in mind that natural gas is orderless and colorless but has an ad dative called mercaptan. Mercaptan tends to have a smell rotten cabbage or rotten eggs. This is likely the odor you smell when lighting your stove.
Other more indistinctive signs of as leaks in your home are feeling fatigued, confused, dizzy, nauseated or weak. These symptoms are typically caused by carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide can be emitted from clothes dryers, fire places, or chimneys. This is why it is important to have a carbon monoxide detector in your home.
Gas leaks do not just occur inside your home or place of business but outside as well. Spotty, discolored dry patches of grass in your yard are signs of a gas leak. To go straight to the source and test a gas leak take a spray bottle, mix dish washing liquid and water, then spray directly on your gas meter. If bubbles begin to fester, you have a gas leak. For your safety absolutely DO NOT smoke around your gas meter.
Other outside signs to look for are:
- Non-working gas appliances
- Dead plants near gas pipelines
- Dirt or water being blown into the air
- Unusual whistling or hissing sound near gas line or gas appliance
Sometimes a gas leak may be more severe than remedying it with an above ground fix. Gas leaks can occur in underground piping. Underground gas leaks are less easily detectable due to odor being absorbed by concrete or soil. It is crucial to remember never to take the matter of gas leaks in your own hands. Leave it licensed and trained professionals. Do have or suspect a gas leak at your home or place of business? Call Res-Q Plumbing today.