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Checking for Gas Leaks

Gas leaks are dangerous and need to be addressed immediately. These pesky problems can cause physical pain to the body in the form of headaches, dizziness and fatigue. They can also cause extremely dangerous situations like fires and even explosions. Because gas leaks are so dangerous, it’s important to know how to check for one, who to call if you suspect you have one and what measures to take. 

Signs of a Gas Leak

  • Smell - Detecting a gas leak in your home can be difficult if you don’t know what to be on the lookout for. One of the first signs is smell. If you smell something off, it’s time to start investigating. Gas leaks usually smell foul like rotten eggs or garbage. If you cannot explain the bad smell, you need to take further steps to ensure you don’t have a gas leak.
  • Sounds - Gas leaks can emit sounds that can be heard. This sound is usually a low hissing sound. The sound may not always accompany a gas leak, or you may not be able to hear it, so just because you don’t hear it does not mean it’s not happening. 
  • Effects on Vegetation - If you have plants in your home that are looking extra droopy or discolored, this might be a sign of a gas leak. This can be a sign of many other things too, like under or over watering or lack of sunlight, so it’s not a guaranteed way to know but it can be a warning sign. 

Gas Leak Detection 

The safest way to have a gas leak detected and confirmed is by a professional. There are gas leak detectors you can use at home, but you should evacuate your house if you think you have a leak. Don’t stick around to investigate on your own once the signs are there. 

Additionally you can install gas leak detection technology in your home. It works like a fire detector and can tell you if gas is being detected in the air. 

You Think There’s a Gas Leak, What Now’

If there are signs of a gas leak, you need to act fast. Open all the windows, evacuate your house and call 911 or a local professional immediately. There are also some things you SHOULD NOT do in case of a gas leak. The following can be catastrophic: 

  • Do not turn on appliances or electronics
  • Do not light candles or matches
  • Do not turn on air conditioning
  • Do not start your vehicle 
  • Do not turn on the lights 

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