Are Gas Leaks Dangerous?
Yes, gas leaks are extremely dangerous. Even small gas leaks can cause health issues for residents of a home and a potential explosion. Nobody intends for a gas line leak to happen. However, homeowners must be well-informed and prepared to deal with one. This post will share how people can tell if there’s a gas leak and how to respond.
Signs Indicating a Gas Leak
Here are some common signs of a gas leak:
- A strong, unpleasant odor often compared to the smell of rotten eggs
- Hissing or bubbling sounds
- Dead or dying plants
- Condensation on windows
- Physical symptoms such as nausea, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and eye and throat irritation
What to Do if There’s a Gas Leak
If someone in the home suspects a gas leak, it is essential to evacuate everyone from the area immediately. Do not turn on or off any appliances, and do not use any electrical devices on the way outside, as they could cause a spark. Leaving the windows and door open can help until the professionals arrive, as keeping natural gas bottled inside the house increases the chances of property damage.
Once outside and at a safe distance, call the gas company to shut off the gas and a plumber to perform gas leak detection and repair. Nobody should go back inside the home unless told it’s safe to do so by the gas company or plumber doing the gas line repair.
Gas Leak Repair
Homeowners should never try to locate or fix a gas leak themselves, as it is hazardous. Professionals have the safety equipment, specialized tools, and training to safely locate and repair gas leaks. Gas leak detectors and specialized cameras are frequently used for gas leak detection.
Once located, the plumber will determine the best way to repair the gas leak, depending on the location and severity, such as using epoxy to seal the gas line. Once the line is fixed, the plumber will test the gas lines to ensure all the leaks have been repaired and the home is safe again.
About West Plumbing LLC
West Plumbing LLC has nearly ten years of experience serving Chandler and the surrounding areas. They offer flat rate pricing, financing, and always on-time service. Call them today for gas line repair or replacement in Chandler, AZ.