The last thing you want in your home is a gas leak. The situation absolutely constitutes an emergency, for which you need the best help possible. Often, a gas leak can go ignored or unnoticed for quite some time before symptoms arise. Eventually, you’ll notice the telltale odor of a gas leak, the hissing sound, and spot the visual signs. You use your senses.
When it comes to a gas leak, be sure to schedule professional gas leak detection and repair services to ensure your home is well cared for immediately.
Common Signs of a Gas Leak
Again, we highly recommend using your three most important senses to locate a gas leak: smell, sight, and hearing. With these three, you’ll be able to track down a leak and then schedule the appropriate help to ensure no harm comes to you or your family.
Your Sense of Smell
When it comes to a gas leak, you’re likely to smell the problem well before you notice any other signs. The gas utility companies include a chemical compound that makes natural gas, which has no distinct odor, smell similar to rotten eggs or sulfur. It’s how we all recognize gas.
Most often, the smell will worsen the closer you are to the problem. For instance, if the leak stems from behind the stove, you’ll smell it more while cooking on the stovetop or opening the oven door.
Your Sense of Hearing
Depending on the size and location of the gas leak, you may find yourself hearing the telltale hissing sound before you see anything. The hissing noise will be the gas escaping from the line. Unfortunately, this noise usually means you have a substantial leak. Most leaks do not produce any sound because not a lot of gas is escaping through the crack or break in the line.
Your Sense of Sight
Lastly, your sense of sight will be ever-important when tracking down a gas leak in your home. There are a few sure signs of a gas leak when it comes to sight:
Dead Plants – First, you may start to notice dead or dying plants in your yard nearest to the affected gas line. This is, of course, reliant on the gas leak being outside.
Bubbles – A quick test, should you suspect a gas leak indoors, is the “bubble test.” Essentially, you take a bit of soap and water and spray it on the gas line. If the soap begins to bubble, you have a leak.
Mist or Fog – If you spot a noticeable white mist or fog hanging around your property, the cause is generally a significant gas line rupture. Immediately evacuate the property and call the gas company to warn them.
At the first sign of a gas leak, don’t gamble. Call bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of North Dallas at 469-214-2582!