Even the slowest gas leak can cause major problems for the safety of your home, family, and the well-being of your bank account. If your home has any gas powered appliances, it’s important to know the warning signs of a gas leak and what to do if one is detected.
Signs of a leak
There are a few things to look out for when using gas powered appliances. If your home is showing the following symptoms, you may have a leak.
- Dry dead grass over underground gas lines or around holding tanks.
- Higher than normal gas bills without increased usage.
- Refilling holding tanks more often.
How a gas leak is detected
Smell: Even if you do not notice the above signs, you could still have a leak inside the home. Natural gas is odorless; however, manufactures add strong odors to their products as a safety precaution. If you smell a strong sulfur like odor in or around your home, there is likely a gas leak.
Sound: When gas escapes it can make a high pitched hiss, roar, or whistle like sound. These sounds can also be covered by other noises in and around the home.
Sight: If you see any signs of damages to natural gas fed appliances, lines, or tanks there could be a leak and caution should be exercised. If you experience an earthquake, the chances of a leak increase even if damages are not visible.
What to do if a gas leak is detected
If your home is showing signs of a potential gas leak the most important thing to do is remain calm and take precautions to avoid sparks. These include:
- Do not turn on electrical appliances.
- Do not light candles, incense, or smoke.
- Do not attempt to light extinguished pilot lights.
- Avoid creating static electricity by either removing socks while on carpet or putting on shoes.
- Vacate the area and contact a licensed professional.
If you suspect a gas leak in your Indianapolis area home, or would like to learn more about how a gas leak is detected, please contact the experienced staff at Mowery.
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