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Signs Of A Gas Leak

Signs Of A Gas Leak

5 Signs Of A Gas Leak

Many of our appliances today either run on electricity or gas. Gas can be convenient and a cost-effective way to use certain appliances in your house. There are over 73 million commercials, residential and industrial buildings that utilize gas. However, there is always a chance that there could be a gas leak. Gas is highly flammable and if left unattended could lead to some disastrous ends. Here are six ways to tell if there is a gas leak.

Rotten Egg Smell

Natural gas does not have an odor or a color. So for safety reasons, gas companies have added a component called mercaptan. This adds a smell so that if there ever should be a gas leak, it is much easier to identify. Most people would describe it as having a rotten egg or sulfuric smell.

Health Issues

If you are breathing in natural gas, you can have some very negative health issues. Breathing in this gas builds up carbon monoxide in your bloodstream, essentially forcing the oxygen out of your system. Without oxygen, your body starts to break down. Common symptoms include headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness, confusion, nausea, drowsiness and vision problems.

Hissing Noise

If you hear a hissing noise, it means that there is a pretty substantial leak. If you hear any hissing noise, please leave the premises right away and call NIR Plumbing and the gas company.

Dead Plants

If you are noticing that your plants are dying without any reason, it may be that you have a gas leak. Usually, this is because the gas line under your house has started to leak and it slowly killing your plants. The gas blocks access of needed oxygen that the plants need to survive. Also, gas will change the color of fruits and vegetables, so please look out for this symptom as well.

Higher Bills

There are also leaks that are so small that they go without detection until the bill shows up. If your gas bill has risen suddenly and your usage does not warrant your bill, you may have a leak.

These are just a few of the ways that you can tell if you have a gas leak. If you think that you may have a gas leak, please leave the premises right away and call for help from NIR Plumbing and your local gas company. If you need to install any new gas appliances, please call us as well. We can guarantee that your appliances are installed correctly, and you will not have a gas leak on your hands.