Natural gas is convenient and safe to use—but only when installed correctly, According to the American Gas Association, more than 70 million premises use natural gas for residential, commercial and industrial use.
However, natural gas is highly combustible, making it a hazard if there’s a leak. Fortunately, the signs of a gas leak are easy to detect, if you know what to look for.
Signs of a gas leak indoors
Rotten egg odor
Natural gas is colorless and odorless; however, for safety purposes, utility companies add mercaptan to the gas, which gives it its distinct odor. It’s harmless, but very useful for detecting leaks.
If you notice an unpleasant smell around your home, one that’s similar to rotten eggs, your gas line is most likely leaking.
Any hissing sound near a natural gas appliance is a cause of concern. It’s generally a sign of a major gas leak where natural gas is escaping in large quantities and filling your home. In such a situation, don’t try to fix the problem yourself. Get out of the house, call 911 and your utility company. Get in touch with a leak repair service after this.
If you’re fond of houseplants and have them around your home, the leak will attack your plants first. House plants begin to die as the natural gas spreads through your home.
Signs of a gas leak outdoors
Gas leaks don’t always start inside. An issue with the pipes outside your home can also lead to a leak, which is equally as dangerous.
Bubbles in ground
Gas leaks in a pipe underground can cause bubbling in moist ground. Puddles of water that are bubbling should be inspected immediately. If you’ve detected a leak, call a gas line repair service to take care of the issue for you.
Air blowing out of the gas pipe
Any dust being blown around your home or visible plant movements could mean there’s a gas leak outdoors. If you notice that rotten egg smell, there’s definitely a gas leak that needs to be taken care of immediately.
Dry spot on moist ground
Gas leaks can draw moisture out of the ground. If your backyard is moist because you just watered it, any dry area should be a cause of concern. A gas pipe underground could be leaking and drying the soil out.
Pro Serve Plumbing can take care of gas leaks in your home. Our repair service will swiftly and safely fix the damage. We also provide other services like trenchless pipe repair, 24/7 emergency solutions, and leak detection in Arlington, TX. Contact us at 817-244-0614 to book a service.