Getting professionals for gas leak detection services can be a lifesaver. A gas leak is not a minor problem; it is one of the most dangerous things you and your family can be exposed to. If you ever suspect there is a gas leak in your home, procrastination simply will not cut it. The issue needs to be quickly addressed to prevent serious injury or damage to the home. Fortunately, a person can detect a gas leak using their eyes, nose and ears. If one of these senses suspects there is a gas leak, the person should reach out to the professionals.
Simple gas leak detection for homeowners
1. Rotten egg smell
Natural gas has no odor, but providers add substances that make it smell a lot like rotten eggs or decaying food. The stronger the smell is in a home, the more likely there is a gas leak. Never ignore an unexplainable rotten egg smell in the home.
2. Whistling sounds
It is sometimes possible to hear hissing or whistling sounds when near a gas leak. It sounds a lot like the sounds you hear when a ball is punctured or quickly deflated.
Other signs that there might be a gas leak include:
- Mud or water bubbling around the home
- Black/dark green soil around the home
- A spot of dead/yellow grass on the lawn
- More houseflies around the house than usual. Flies tend to gravitate towards gas leaks
What to do after gas leak detection
The first thing a person should do when they notice a gas leak in their home is to take everyone to a safe place far from the leak. That should be the top priority when a gas leak is detected. Once everyone has been ushered to a safe location, it is time to call a professional gas leak detection service to confirm the leak and rectify it. Other important things homeowners should be aware of when dealing with gas leaks include:
- Do not try to specifically locate or fix the leak. Natural gas can be dangerous to a person's health, and it is extremely flammable. A gas leak is not the time to test one's DIY skills
- Electrical appliances should not be turned on or off. Doing so can create a charge that ignites the highly flammable gas
- Avoid shutting off gas valves. This can also lead to a spark that lights up the gas
- Do not use matches or lighters
- Do not start a vehicle. This can ignite the gas
There are so many things that can go wrong when you have a gas leak in your home. Evacuate your family immediately and get some professionals to come in and fix the leak. Call our Wolfforth office today if you think there is a gas leak in your home.
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