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5 Common Gas Leak Signs You Can't Afford to Ignore
Friday, May 25, 2018

 

5 Common Gas Leak Signs You Can't Afford to Ignore

Be aware of these common gas leak signs to avoid a health hazard, costly concern, and find a solution today.

 

Do you have natural gas in your home?

Over 60 million homes have natural gas. While it's the cleanest fossil fuel on the market today, it still poses dangers if there is a gas leak.

Be aware of these common gas leak signs to avoid a health hazard, costly concern, and find a solution today.

1) Shrubs and Grass Suddenly Turn Brown

Are your shrubs and grass suddenly brown or rusty? That could be signs of a gas leak. When gas leaks out of the pipes, the carbon monoxide replaces the oxygen that grass needs to survive.

2) Rotten Eggs

When it comes to a natural gas smell, it will be very similar to the smell of rotten eggs or sulfur. Natural gas is naturally odorless. Mercaptan is added to natural gas so that people are able to detect a gas leak and creates the rotten smell. You may also hear a hissing sound inside your walls from the leaky pipes.

3) Dead Houseplants

Just like with shrubs and gas, dead houseplants can be one of the gas leak signs. If you notice that your houseplants are suddenly brown and dying, you may have a gas leak in your home and the lack of oxygen affects the plants.

4) Orange or Yellow Flames

When you use gas appliances, you should always be aware of the color of the flames. The flames should be blue. If you notice an orange or yellow hue to the flames, the appliance could be leaking gas.

5) Physical Symptoms

If you are being exposed to gas poisoning, you will experience physical symptoms. The carbon monoxide builds up in your body replacing your oxygen. Lack of oxygen can cause:

  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • difficulty breathing

If you experience any of these symptoms and you believe they could be attributed to a gas leak, you should leave your home and call 911 and your gas company. Prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide can be deadly.

What Not to Do if You Suspect a Gas Leak

If you suspect a gas leak in your home, it's important that you know what not to do. Do not:

  • turn your lights on (or off)
  • light a flame
  • use any appliances
  • use your phone inside
  • attempt to repair the leak yourself
  • wait in your home for assistance

These don'ts could be lifesavers for you and your family. Don't wait inside. Leave your home right away. When you call your gas company, they will advise you on the steps to take while you wait for assistance to arrive.

What to Do if You Notice Gas Leak Signs?

It's important that you are aware of gas leak signs. If you notice any of these signs and believe that a natural gas leak is to blame, you should call 911 and your gas company immediately. Never try to fix the problem yourself. Leave that to the professionals.

Contact us today with any questions you have regarding gas or if you need gas detection equipment.

 

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