Natural gas leaks is commonly used for household heating. While most of the time it shouldn’t cause concern, you should be aware of the potential risks of a leak, including fire, sickness and death.
How can you detect a gas leak in your home?
- Rotten egg smell
- Hissing sounds coming from pipes or appliances
- Dying vegetation near the gas line
- Flames (means the leak has ignited)
If you suspect or discover a natural gas leak, do the following:
- Leave the area right away
- Call your natural gas utility
- Do not operate any electrical device or appliance in the home – including your cell phone!
- Do not smoke or use an open flame
- Do not try to find what is causing the leak or shut off the supply
- Do not start your car
You should be checking the fittings on any gas appliances at least once a year. If you do not know what to look for, an experienced heating and cooling company can come and inspect your equipment for you. Make sure to choose an experienced, licensed HVAC contractor.
Courtesy of Angie’s List