Gas leaks can be a serious, even life-threatening, problem. Mann Plumbing cares about the safety of our customers and is happy to help educate home and business owners about the signs and dangers of gas leaks. In addition, we can install gas piping to ensure your home or business is safe.
Signs of a Leak
● Smelling Rotten Eggs: The most common sign of a gas leak is the smell. Gas is made to smell like rotten eggs to make detection easier.
● Hissing Sound: If there is a leak in your gas pipes, you may be able to hear a hissing sound coming from the area.
● Fire: In extreme cases, a gas leak could cause an explosion. Any spark near the leak could cause this.
● Dead Vegetation: If your gas pipe is underground, you may begin seeing dead plants and grass in the event of a leak.
● Bubbling Ponds: If there happens to be a small body of water near your home, you may see bubbles resulting from a leak.
Dangers of a Gas Leak
● Flammability: As stated before, gas is very flammable. The smallest of sparks could start a fire.
● Health Issues: Breathing in gases can cause nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. Regular breathing in of gases could lead to respiratory problems. In extreme cases, it could even lead to incapacitation or death.
What to Do If You Spot a Leak
● Turn Off the Gas Valve: The first thing you should do if you expect a leak is turn off the gas. This will prevent even more gas from leaking and causing further problems.
● Open Doors and Windows: You should open anything leading outdoors to let the gas escape.
● Turn Off Electronics: Anything that could spark should be turned off to reduce the risk of fire.
● Get Out of the Building: As mentioned before, breathing in gases can cause health issues. For this reason and the fact it could start a fire, you should leave the building as quickly as possible.
● Call a Plumber: The only way to know for sure if you have a gas leak is to call a certified plumber. You should call a plumber as soon as you have even the slightest suspicion of a leak.