Gas Leak Detection and Repair

What's that oder? Is this something I should be concerned about?

Natural gas has become a very common energy-efficient fuel source for many homes.

Gas ranges, ovens, water heaters, clothes dryers, HVAC units, and fireplaces often run on energy-efficient natural gas. Even though this very reliable energy source meets our home energy needs, natural gas is extremely dangerous if an issue arises and the warning signs are ignored. Natural gas is highly flammable and can lead to dangerous fires or even explosions if there’s a leak that goes unnoticed. Check this list of simple ways you can detect a natural gas leak in your home or office:

Something smells odd or out of the ordinary

If there’s an unusual or odd smell of rotten eggs or garbage in your home, this may be the first sign of a gas leak. In order to make this colorless and odorless gas easily detected, a harmless chemical called mercaptan is added to natural gas to give the gas a unique odor. There is a good reason for that smell – it lets you know you may have a natural gas leak!

Listen for any hissing/whistling sounds

Take a moment to listen for any unusual whistling or a hissing sounds in your house. This could be an indicator that your gas service may have ruptured.

Off colored, dying or dead plants

Do you notice any of your favorite house plants looking unhealthy, sick with sagging or drooping foliage? This could be due to a gas leak and not your lack of a green thumb.

You Think You Have a Gas Leak, Now What?

If you suspect that you do in fact have a gas leak in your home, leave your house immediately and call 911. Next, notify the gas company. They will likely send a technician to turn off the gas service to you home and search to find the location of the leak.

Also, be sure that you don’t:

  • Turn on any electrical devices or appliances, including lamps or overhead lights
  • Light a match or a candle
  • Turn on your heating and air conditioning system
  • Start your car in the garage or carport area

Highly flammable, natural gas can ignite from even a small amount of fumes present in the air. 

Lastly, once the leak is discovered, call 1st Class Plumbing to repair and restore safety to your home. We’ve got this!