There are a number of factors that could cause a gas leak in your home. If you fail to detect a leak on time, your home may be in serious danger. Appliances that work on gas leak when they get older. You could either replace the appliance or fit a new gas pipe to prevent further leaks. If there’s a leak from the main gas pipe, you’ll have to seek the service of an emergency plumber to sort out the issue.
Overview of Natural Gas
Natural gas is colourless and odourless, but it contains an additive, mercaptan, that smells like rotten eggs or garlic. If your home starts smelling like rotten eggs, you know you’ve got a gas leak.
Natural gas is highly flammable. If there’s a leak in your house, even a small spark could cause a fire. Since gas pipes get worn out as they get older, they could rupture and leak at any time.
Once the gas leaks into your home, it replaces oxygen and creates a very toxic environment. If you stay in this environment for some time, your body will start to shut down because of lack of oxygen.
Apart from natural gas, your home could also contain carbon monoxide. Poorly ventilated heaters, wood burning fireplaces and chimneys could cause carbon monoxide poisoning in your home.
To protect yourself and safeguard the lives of your family members, here’s what you should do.
Checking for a Gas Leak
To check for gas leaks in your home, make a solution of soapy water. Simply fill a small glass with water and pour a little dishwashing liquid into it. Mix it until you see bubbles. Examine the pipes behind your stove and those connected to your hot water heater or gas dryer. If you suspect any leaks, apply the soap solution on the pipes with a brush. If you see bubbles, call the professionals immediately to prevent hazards.
Using an Electronic Gas Leak Detector
If you have the budget, you could keep an electronic gas detector handy. They cost a few hundred dollars and they’re good at detecting methane, propane, natural gas and carbon monoxide. They’re easy to use and they help you identify leaks in hard to reach areas.
Do’s and Don’ts
If your home smells like rotten eggs, don’t light matches or turn on gas appliances. Open up all your windows to get fresh air in. Find the source of your main gas supply and turn it off. Lastly, call the professionals to fix the leak.
If you need an emergency plumber in Beckenham for gas or water leaks, get in touch with Hulshoff Plumbing. We are experts in installing and repairing gas pipes and gas appliances.
Whether you need gas hot water installation or gas leak repair, our plumbing contractors get the job done fast. They’re registered and backed by years of experience.
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