Natural gas is used in the majority of homes across the country to power appliances such as HVAC systems, dryers, stoves and water heaters. It’s considered the cleanest fossil fuel in the world because it emits less pollution than other fossil fuels.
But natural gas can be incredibly dangerous if a leak develops. Exposure to natural gas can lead to fatigue, nausea, fatigue, a loss of consciousness and even death.
It’s important to ensure none of your gas-using appliances are leaking. In our most recent blog, the professionals at Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric discuss common signs of a gas leak to help keep you and your family safe.
Signs of a Gas Leak in Homes
If you or a family member experiences sudden health issues such as weakness, sickness, nausea, loss of concentration, or headaches, these are common symptoms of a gas leak. It’s important to seek medical attention right away to find out if you’ve been exposed to gas poisoning.
Dying House Plants
If your house plants are suddenly dying or dead despite watering and caring for them just as you normally do, it could be a sign of a potential gas leak in your home. Natural gas prevents the plants from absorbing oxygen, which can lead to wilting and eventually cause them to die.
A Rotten Egg Smell
Natural gas is odorless, colorless and tasteless, which is why your gas company adds a chemical called mercaptan to give it a noticeable odor that resembles sulfur or rotten eggs. If you notice this smell, exit the house immediately and call your utility company.
If an appliance is making a hissing sound, it’s likely a sign that there’s a large gas leak. If you hear this sound, exit the home and call 911 or the local fire department immediately.
Your Gas Bills Are Higher Than Normal
If your gas bill suddenly spikes without an increase in usage, it could signal a gas leak somewhere in your home. Contact a licensed plumbing company to inspect your home for a possible natural gas leak.
Dead or Dying Bushes or Grass
If the gas line that runs under your home becomes cracked, it could cause gas to leak out into the air. When the gas absorbs the oxygen around your grass, plants, and trees, it can cause them to wilt and die. Gas leak signs include dead leaves or yellow grass that can help determine if there’s a gas leak somewhere.
What to Do If You Have a Gas Leak
If you have a suspected gas leak, it’s important to take immediate action to protect you and your family from harm. The first step is to evacuate everyone from the home, including your pets.
After everyone has made it safely outside, call 911 or your utility company’s emergency line. After someone has checked the house and turned off the gas leak and it’s safe to go back inside, open up the doors and windows to air out the home.
It’s always important to have carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout your home as well. Oftentimes, carbon monoxide can warn you of elevated levels of issues with indoor air quality and can let you know if there is a potential issue with one of your gas-burning appliances. Carbon monoxide poisoning can also be deadly, and the best way to be prepared is to have the proper technology installed to alert you to dangers around your home.
Contact Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric for Gas Leak Repair Service
Although it’s important to call your gas utility company to turn off the gas supply to your home, Ravinia Plumbing offers high-quality gas line repair services. To learn more about our services for gas lines, contact us today.