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What to Do When You Smell Natural Gas in Your Home

What to do when you smell natural gas in your home

By: Tanya Torres

 

You’re headed into your home with groceries in hand and as soon as you turn the doorknob a strong odor hits you. You’re not sure if it is a gas leak or not, but you have heard the horror stories about these kinds of leaks. Gas leaks not only will raise your energy bills but they can be incredibly harmful for your health too. The gas leaks also vary in size; so you could be looking at a huge leak or a smaller one. However, when you are facing a potential gas leak then it is important to know what to look out for and what to do. Instead of worrying or looking up gas leaks on Google, we have created a quick list of what to expect with gas leaks and what to do. 

 

Gas Leak Causes

If you are dealing with a gas leak then you are probably wondering how this could happen and what you can do to prevent it in the future. Gas leaks can become extremely expensive and can cause a lot of health problems too so figuring out a solution is beneficial. When gas leaks occur, it is typically a result of badly maintained appliances, badly fitted pipes or low grade pipe fittings. The most likely cause for a gas leak is due to the gas hose on the appliance does not fit it which causes the leak to seep out. 

 

Signs of a Gas Leak

Gas leaks are tricky to be detected and can be caused by the gas lines( above ground or underground) becoming corroded or deteriorating. However, some gas leaks are hard to be uncovered and that is because some do not have an odor to them. Despite some gas leak odors being undetectable, you can still catch them without the smell if you keep an eye out on any dead plants, rotten egg smell (if there is an odor), hissing sounds, white mist or fog, higher gas bills, small bubbles and any health concerns. 

 

Dead Plants

    • If you have started to notice that your plants inside or outside your home have been dying for no reason after you have cared for them as much as possible then it might not be because you do not have a green thumb. If there is an underground gas leak nearby where your plants are then the leak will be the cause of the dead plants. However, you will not be able to smell the leak if it is an underground leak. If you notice that your fruits and vegetables are turning a different color then that is another sign that your plants are coming into contact with an excessive amount of gas. 

 

Rotten Egg

    • Natural gas does not actually have a smell to it. Fortunately for us, gas companies were able to add mercaptan which gives off a smell of rotten eggs or sulfur. 

 

Hissing Sound

    • If you can hear a hissing sound then you will have to immediately contact a gas line repairman. This is important because if you are able to hear the sound then that means that the leak is big enough to be alerted by it. 

 

White Mist or Fog

    • If you have noticed a weird white fog or mist inside or outside your home, then it might mean that you have a gas leak. 

 

Gas Bill

    • If you have noticed a huge price increase in your gas bill then be sure to verify if it is important to verify if it is not a gas leak. 

 

Bubbles

    • If you suspect that you have a gas leak then you can dip a cloth in a soapy solution and wipe down the area you believe has the leak. If bubbles begin to form then you have a gas leak. 

Health Concerns 

    • If you have started becoming sick with \health issues repeatedly and randomly then it might be because of a gas leak.
      • Nausea
      • Difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Chest Pain
      • Drowsiness
      • Dizziness or feeling light headed
      • Headaches
      • Flu like symptoms

 

What to Do If You Find a Gas Leak

If you enter your home and there is an apparent odor of natural gas then it is important to immediately open up all the doors and windows in the home. After opening everything up in the home, it is best to leave the home and breathe in fresh air to prevent any harmful health risks. As you leave your home, you will have to keep in mind that any kind of spark can cause a huge explosion if the gas leak is that bad. Instead of turning on or off any lights, the stove or using a lighter or matches close to the home, it is best to avoid using any of that. 

 

Once you head outside then do not turn your car if you are parked close to your home because the gas leak can either be inside or outside and turning on your vehicle can result in an explosion. Lastly, contacting a professional to check out the gas leak is your number one priority. This is not the time to try to look for the more inexpensive option out there because an inexperienced technician can make matters worse and it will only harm you and your loved ones. 

 

How to Prevent a Gas Leak

In order to prevent a risky situation such as a gas leak then it is crucial to always get your appliances serviced as much as possible, especially for the older appliances. Older appliances are more likely to have a lot of wear inside of them due to the longer period of being used compared to the newer appliances. Although they seem functional, we are not able to see whether their internal components are wearing out which is why having a professional service it is important in preventing a gas leak. 

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Brian Burds

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