Natural Gas Leaks
Because gas can easily spark into an explosive fire, it’s important to know the warning signs of a gas leak. Even if you can’t smell a gas leak, there are still potential risks because not all gases have a smell or noxious fumes. Some adverse effects of a slow-leaking gas line include headaches, dizziness, or nausea. Other indicative signs are dead plants, a rotten egg smell, or a hissing sound. Because natural gas is a colorless, odorless gas, the utility company adds methyl mercaptan or thiols for safety reasons to give it a distinctive putrid smell that most people assimilate to rotten eggs or sulfur.
Here are the steps you should take if you suspect a gas leak:
- Open all doors and windows.
- Call the qualified professionals at Jerry’s Plumbing at (800) 697-8875 who specialize in gas leak detection and repair.
- Call your local gas company. If unavailable, call your local fire department.
- Do NOT smoke, use any lighters, matches, appliances, or any other electrical devices.
- Evacuate all members of the household or office, including pets.