6 Signs You Have a Gas Leak
Your home is your safe haven and having natural gas/propane appliances in your home should not stop you from feeling secure. Every homeowner and renter should learn how to spot a gas leak and what to do if this ever happens. Our team at Norman Air is always here for you 24/7 in the event of a gas leak.
The most vital thing you can do to protect your home from a gas leak is to know the signs. If you notice any of these signs evacuate your house, leave the doors open, do not turn on electric switches/devices that could possibly ignite accumulating gas, or make any phone calls from your house. Once everyone is safely outside your home, call 911, then the utility company’s emergency line, then give us a call so we can detect where the leak is coming from. Our team is available for you 24/7.
Here are the six most common signs you have a gas line leak in your home:
You Notice a Rotten Egg Smell
Natural gas is colorless and odorless in its natural state. To help people detect gas leaks in their homes, many companies will put a chemical within the gas to give it the rotten egg smell. If the scent of rotten eggs is powerful in your home and your gas stove is turned off, you likely have a gas leak.
You See Unusually High Gas Usage
A gas line leak can cause unusually high gas bills. Seeing a spike in your utility bills can be expected during the colder months when using a gas furnace, but abnormal gas bills may be a sign of a gas leak.
Hissing Sounds From Appliances
Unfamiliar sounds from your appliances are never something you want to hear. If you hear hissing sounds near your gas appliances, this means you have a substantial leak in your home. Make sure gas appliances are off and evacuate your home, call 911, or your utility company, and then give us a call as soon as you are outside of your home.
Dying Plant Life
A gas leak in your home will prevent plant life from getting the oxygen required to survive. If you notice your plants wilting or yellowish patches of grass near your home, it may be a sign of a gas leak.
Air Bubbles Outside In Your Yard
If you have a gas line leak, you may notice bubbling outside your home in areas of standing water or mud. When gas leaks from your soil into the air, it will produce tiny bubbles in standing water.
Physical Symptoms of Gas Poisoning
Gas poisoning shows up in pets or humans. Here are a few common symptoms of gas poisoning:
- Severe headaches
- Memory problems
- Loss of concentration
- Loss of consciousness
If you experience any of these symptoms of gas poisoning, it is very likely you have a gas leak, evacuate immediately and call 911. Seek medical attention if severe symptoms occur.
Don’t second guess yourself, if you notice any of these signs evacuate immediately and get the experts out to check the safety of your house. Natural Gas is extremely flammable and can easily cause an explosion if a spark is produced near accumulating gas. Once you have evacuated, called 911 and call your utility company, give us a call so that we can send our experienced gas line plumbers out to inspect your lines and appliances.