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Be Informed! 3 Major Signs That You May Have a Gas Leak
Monday, December 16, 2019

What is that horrible smell? It smells like someone left an entire carton of eggs out in the break room to rot. If you don't have gas appliances in your business then someone may very well have taken eggs out of the fridge and forgot about them.

If you do have gas appliances then you'll want to have everyone exit your business ASAP and call someone to take a look around. The smell of rotten eggs is a huge indicator that you have a gas leak, but it isn't the only one.

There are a lot of other ways you can tell if the smell doesn't tip you off. Keep reading for a complete list of signs.

1. Nasty Smell

The most obvious indicator that you have a gas leak is the smell of rotten eggs wafting through your commercial building. You see, gas in its pure state is odorless and colorless, so it's hard to spot.

That's why mercaptan is added into the mix. When this chemical meets gas, it gives off that nasty smell that's hard to miss. So when you smell sulfur or rotting eggs somewhere in your building, start looking for a gas leak.

2. Hissing Noises

If there is a leak or crack in a gas pipe then it will start to give off a loud hissing sound. The sound won't go away by itself, so if you hear it in your building or parking lot and keep hearing it, that means you have a gas leak.

You'll need to take action as soon as you can by calling in a professional to come to inspect your pipes.

3. Dead Grass

There could be a lot of reasons why the grass outside your business is so discolored. If you're in the middle of a drought, for example. It could also mean that you have a gas leak.

When one of the gas pipes bursts, the gas travels upward. It cuts off the grass's supply of oxygen. Without oxygen, the grass can't breathe, so it dies out.

If you're not sure if your dead grass is the result of a gas leak, look around for other signs. Not only will a gas leak kill your plants, but it will blow dirt around as well.

If there are any puddles of water outside, pay attention to them. The gas will blow air into them and cause them to bubble.

Signs That You May Be Dealing With a Gas Leak

Is there a smell of rotten eggs wafting around your place of business? Do you hear a horrible hissing sound? Are there dead patches of grass scattered around outside your building?

These are all strong indicators that you have a gas leak. These leaks are nothing to play around with.

If left unchecked, they can make you and your employees sick, or worse. As soon as you spot any of these signs, it's important to reach out and have someone look at your pipes.

As you can see, gas monitoring is an important part of keeping your business safe and healthy for all. Contact us to learn more about our monitoring products.

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