When it comes to faulty appliances there is no space for error with gas stoves and furnaces. When an appliance is leaking gas into your home the problem can be dangerous and even fatal. The situation should be handled promptly. At Rocky’s Plumbing, we can inspect your appliances and ensure the problem gets fixed right away.
What Causes Gas Leaks?
Gas leaks are usually caused by poorly maintained or broken appliances. It can also be a case of poorly fitted appliances. When buying second-hand appliances, it is important to conduct a full inspection. This is true for purchasing a used home or renting a home or apartment as well. Look for rusty, loose, or badly fitted parts. Gas appliances should always be installed by a certified professional as well. Bad installation jobs are another common cause of gas leaks.
How to Detect a Gas Leak
The biggest indicator of a leak in the home is the odor of gas. Gas is naturally odorless, colorless, and tasteless, making it undetectable. However, utility companies add the sulfuric scent so that people will be able to detect its presence in their home. Aside from smelling the gas, there are physical symptoms that people in the home will suffer if the leak is present. This can include dizziness, lightheadedness, and nausea. These are also signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. Other indicators of a faulty appliance include a flame that burns orange or yellow instead of blue, a pilot light that constantly blows out, soot, and condensation on windows.
What Should I Do?
If you suspect a leak in your home you should not hesitate to take action. If you smell gas in your home be sure to shut off the gas supply into the home. The valve is usually located at the gas meter. Be sure to open windows and doors to get fresh air flowing through the home. These will disperse the harmful gases out of the home. Be sure to avoid using electrical switches and open flames. Exit the home and call an expert right away.
Call Rocky’s Plumbing
If you have ever dealt with gas leaks in your home you know that the ordeal can be quite frightening. Our experts at Rocky’s Plumbing provide prompt service and will help you take care of the situation right away. Our technicians will find the leak and fix or replace parts. We understand that the safety of your family and home are your top priorities. Don’t hesitate to call us for help!