Gas leaks are extremely dangerous. Not only is the gas flammable, but it is also toxic to human beings and, over time, can lead to extremely adverse health effects. Knowing the potential warning signs of a gas leak and knowing how to respond can mean the difference between life and death. Here is what to look out for and the actions you need to take:
Signs of a Gas Leak
One of the most common signs of a gas leak is a rotten egg smell inside of your home. Since natural gas has no noticeable odor, utility companies put a substance called mercaptan into the gas supply. This is what gives the natural gas its unmistakable rotten egg odor. Other signs your home may be experiencing a gas leak include:
- Hissing noises near gas lines
- Unexplained raises in your gas bill
- Bubbles appearing on exposed pipes after applying dish soap or water
- Damage to appliances and fixtures that use natural gas, such as burn marks
- Cloudy areas on your property
What Kind of Health Effects Can a Gas Leak Have on the Human Body?
Gas leaks can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning in humans if the leak is not handled promptly and individuals are exposed to it over a period of time. If you are constantly feeling unwell and have the following symptoms, it could be due to a gas leak:
- Feeling lightheaded
- Difficulty breathing
What Do I Do If I Suspect a Gas Leak
If you smell rotten eggs and are feeling unwell, it is important to follow these steps immediately. Doing so can save you and your family’s life:
- Open doors and windows to allow fresh air inside the home. This will help lessen the effect of the carbon monoxide poisoning and air out the home.
- If you can do so safely, turn off the main gas. The valve should be located near the gas meter.
- Evacuate the property; this includes pets.
- If you or your family are showing signs of carbon monoxide poisoning, go to your doctor’s office or hospital immediately. They will be able to give you the care you need and help control the symptoms.
- Contact the dedicated team at Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain to ensure that the gas leak is handled and your home is protected!
Every Second Matters
When it comes to a gas leak, every second counts. This is why our team is available 24/7. When you suspect a gas leak, give our team a call. We will move promptly to protect your home and family and allow you to get your life back on track.