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Know the Signs of a Gas Leak to Stay Safe

There’s a very good reason why gas leaks make the news. Natural gas is highly combustible and can quickly turn into a fire or an explosion. But what exactly is a gas leak? A gas leak is a leak of natural gas from the main pipeline into your home or other living space. Any spark, even something as simple as using your cell phone, can cause it to ignite. If you even think there is a remote chance of a gas leak in your home, get out immediately and contact your gas company; a plumbing contractor can help provide emergency services as well. Recognizing the signs of a gas leak can mean the difference between life and death. Never ignore any of the following signs: Smell—A distinctive, strong odor similar to rotten eggs. Natural gas is odorless, but gas companies use an additive that smells like rotten eggs to alert

Gas Line Repairs in Kansas City

If you’ve had experience with both electrical and gas appliances, there’s probably one major takeaway that you learned from that experience, “Gas is better.” Just ask any realtor, home builder, or chef and they will quickly tell you that gas is better than electric. So many people prefer natural gas to electric, that often when a homebuyer discovers that a house runs on electricity instead of natural gas, they will say, “No thanks, show me a house that uses natural gas!” Why is natural gas better than electric? There are several reasons, for example, gas is more environmentally friendly, gas is much cheaper than electric, we have an abundant amount of gas, natural gas provides hundreds of thousands of American jobs, it’s more efficient than electric, and you just can’t compare a gas stove to an electric stove – real flames on gas stoves just cook a whole lot better

How to Detect a Natural Gas Leak

Now that the fall has arrived, the leaves are turning beautiful shades of orange, yellow and red, and the temperatures are cooling down. If your home runs on natural gas, for example, if you have a gas hot water heater and a gas range, you’re probably thinking more about how nice it is to have hot water than you did over the summer. We’re big proponents of natural gas because it’s a safe, clean, reliable source of energy. We think that most Americans would quickly agree that natural gas is the number one choice for: Heating a home Cooking Heating water Drying clothes Natural gas is applauded because it’s the cleanest burning fossil fuel. When we use natural gas instead of electricity to heat our homes, dry our clothes, and wash our dishes, we’re doing our part to reduce greenhouse gasses, smog, water pollution, and acid rain. According to Missouri

Detecting a Natural Gas Leak

Many homeowners will agree that they prefer natural gas over electricity for cooking, heating their home, and drying their clothes. For the most part, natural gas is convenient, efficient and cost-effective, however, homeowners and renters need to be especially aware of the risk of natural gas leaks and the dangers they impose. Each year, infants, children, and adults die because of an undetected natural gas leak. Often, these leaks cause death by asphyxiation, but not always. Sometimes, a basement can fill with gas, explode and quickly consume an entire home in flames. Natural gas (methane) is not poisonous in itself, but what it does is deprive the air of vital oxygen, oxygen human’s need to survive. As the methane reduces the oxygen levels inside a home, the occupants begin to feel dizzy, they feel disoriented and they lose coordination and concentration. The more the oxygen level decreases in a dwelling,

What to Do If There’s a Gas or Water Leak

In the Kansas City area, the greatest risks for homeowners are natural disasters, such as severe storms, tornados, and floods. In the winter, ice storms can lead to power outages and frozen pipes, while man-made emergencies include fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. As a homeowner, it’s important to keep your family as safe as possible and to know what to do in case there’s a gas or water leak. For starters, install carbon monoxide detectors on each level of your home, and don’t forget to change the batteries every 6 months. You want to install a carbon monoxide detector within 40 feet of all bedrooms. The detectors should be installed so they will be easily heard in all sleeping areas. Know Where Your Utility Mains Are Learn where all of your utility mains are located and how to operate them because this is essential to minimizing property damage and maintaining

Detecting a Natural Gas Leak in the Home

Natural gas is a clean-burning fuel that has a wide variety of uses; in the home, we use it for furnaces, hot water heaters, space heaters, stoves, clothes dryers, and fireplaces. With over 2.1 million miles of underground gas pipelines across the United States, more than half of U.S. homes use natural gas – that’s approximately 62 million families. Fun facts about natural gas: It was formed under the earth around 100 million years ago. It is lighter than air. It is colorless and odorless. Utility companies add mercaptan, a sulfur-containing compound with an offensive rotten egg-like odor, to help people notice gas leaks. Natural Gas Leaks When natural gas is sealed tight inside pipes and used the right way, it isn’t dangerous. However, when there is a leak, natural gas can be dangerous because it is highly flammable. When natural gas leaks out and there is a spark or

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