How to Notice a Gas Leak in Your Home

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Natural gas is an efficient way to power many appliances throughout the home, giving countless people the ability to cook food, heat water, and dry clothing. Although it’s relatively safe when properly used, gas can quickly become a serious source of danger, but y’all probably knew that already. 

What you might not know are the telltale signs you’re dealing with a gas leak. Our licensed gas plumbers share tips to identify and prevent natural gas leaks in your home (or anywhere!). 

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What Are the Dangers of Natural Gas? 

Natural gas, which contains methane, or liquified petroleum gas (LPG), which contains butane or propane, are incredibly valuable resources used to fuel many important pieces of equipment. We rely on these resources every day.  

Like most tools, gas doesn’t come without its dangers. If your gas lines are not properly installed or maintained, gas leaks can become a serious hazard to the health of your family and home.  

Gas leaks may lead to health issues such as: 

  • Fatigue 
  • Severe headaches 
  • Eye & skin irritation 
  • Memory issues & brain fog 
  • Nausea  
  • Loss of consciousness  
  • Breathing issues and suffocation 
  • Nose bleeds 
  • Ringing in ears  

 If that’s not enough to convince you, gas leaks can also cause explosions, as gas is highly flammable. Your whole home could go down in seconds!  

Our guys want to prevent that from happening. That’s why it’s essential to schedule regular maintenance and reach out at the first sign of a problem! 

The Signs of a Gas Leak  

If you’re suspicious of a gas leak in your home, the very first action to take is to shut off the pilot light or gas meter. Then, alert your gas company, the authorities, and your licensed gas plumber.  

One of the most obvious signs of a gas leak is an overwhelming sulfur stench. Did you know that gas is actually odorless? Suppliers add the rotten egg scent so that people are able to evacuate before the gas does any serious harm.  

Did you know natural gas is odorless? The rotten egg smell is added by suppliers to alert occupants before the symptoms become an extreme hazard.  

While the putrid scent is the most obvious sign, you may not always have a strong sense of smell – think of when everyone was losing this ability in 2020! Here are the other signs to watch out for: 

  • A whistling or hissing noise 
  • Bubbles, dust, or fogginess in standing water 
  • Obvious damage to the gas line connection 
  • House plants drop dead without warning  

As the amount of gas increases in the room, the oxygen in the air will decrease. This can cause carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms. Pets, children, older adults, and those with breathing disorders will likely be the first to struggle with symptoms.  

How to Protect Yourself from a Gas Leak  

The best approach to avoiding the terrible consequences of a gas leak disaster is to monitor your home for elevated levels of carbon monoxide. While a carbon monoxide detector isn’t specifically meant to measure the presence of gas, it can notify you whenever your air quality reaches a dangerous level long before you begin experiencing symptoms.  

Your best course of action is to prevent leaks from occurring in the first place.  

How? Schedule regular maintenance with a licensed gas plumber, of course!  

By conducting routine inspections of the gas appliances in your home, such as furnaces, stoves, and fireplaces, we will catch any damage or wear and tear before it becomes a serious problem. 

Related > What Does a Gas Plumber Do? 

man changing battery on smoke detector/carbon monoxide alarm in home

Be Proactive with Maston’s Plumbing and Drain 

If you suspect a gas leak in your home, we always advise turning off the pilot lights in your home, opening all of your windows, and getting your family out of the house. Don’t go back inside until a professional tells you it’s safe.  

Our licensed gas plumbers will ensure your home is safe from any hazards with each inspection and repair. Count on us to keep your pipes leak-free and your air easy to breathe! Call (918) 393-4025. 

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