Gas leaks are a serious issue that should never be taken lightly. In its original form gas is odorless, tasteless, colorless and very hard to detect. Because it is a harmful fume the sulphuric smell is added to it so that it can be easily detected. If you suspect you have a slow gas leak or any problem in general with your gas lines it is important to seek professional help right away. We have a few signs to look out for that can indicate a gas leak.
A Hissing Sound
If there is a hissing sound present near your gas lines or gas appliances the problem is advanced. Any sounds come from your HVAC system can indicate trouble as well. Hearing a hissing sound is a definite sign that you have a gas leak on your hands.
Odor Coming From Appliances or Lines
If you smell the distinct pungent smell of gas in or around your home don’t hesitate to call in the professionals. While natural gas is normally odorless, the smell added by utility companies has saved many lives.
Dead Plants in Your Landscaping
Often times, homeowners or business owners will find gas leaks by spotting a line of dead vegetation in the landscaping. This can indicate that a underground gas line is leaking. While this can be a sign of other issues, smelling gas in the air, bubbles in pooling water, or a hissing sound in connection with the dead plants can indicate a leak.
Gas Leaks Are Deadly
More than 60 million homes in America use natural gas in because it is one of the safest, cleanest-burning fuel sources that we have. A slow leak will cause your utility bill to rise. An emergency issue will cause the people in your home to feel sick. It can cause nausea, headaches, fatigue and chest pain. If you or any of your family members suspect a gas leak be sure to get out of the home immediately. Do not touch any electrical switches or appliances. Evacuate and call a plumber, your gas company or emergency help right away.
Contact Rocky’s Plumbing
A great way to prevent gas leaks is to ensure that your HVAC units and gas appliances are in good functioning conditions. Be sure to have a plumber run an annual inspection for you. If you want reliable, prompt service be sure to call Rocky’s Plumbing.