Know the Signs of a Gas Leak to Stay Safe

Gas-leaks

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 you that there is a problem.

Look—You may notice a white cloud, mist, fog, and bubbles in standing water around your home—or watch for blowing dust or healthy plants that suddenly appear to be dead or dying.

Listen—A roaring, hissing, or whistling sound can be heard around a gas appliance.

Scheduling regular gas line inspections is a great preventive measure when it comes to gas leaks, but you should never attempt to fix a gas line issue on your own. Let A-1 Sewer & Septic Service in Kansas City help you. Call us today at 913-631-5201 to schedule an appointment.

Sources

  1. http://www.today.com/news/what-do-if-you-suspect-natural-gas-leak-your-home-t7501
  2. http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/household-safety/tips/gas-leak-home.htm
  3. http://www.safebee.com/home/what-do-if-you-smell-gas
  4. https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-spot-signs-of-a-gas-leak-2718710

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