The global population continues to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. With many people taking pre-emptive safety measures, as reported by the WHO, to do their part in flattening the curve, you too are doing your bit by keeping safe and clean and staying indoors.
Yet, even at home, you’re not at ease. Now that you’re spending inordinate amounts of time at home, you’re starting to notice something alarming; a smell! A “rotten egg smell” that’s identical to that of natural gas!
But, how do you handle a gas leak in the house at a time like this? Pro Serve Plumbers has some nuggets of wisdom to share!
How to Handle a Gas Leak
– Know the Signs
If you think your home might have a gas leak, turn off the gas meter or the pilot light. Your next step should be to inform the gas company. However, if you’re not entirely sure it’s a gas leak, check for other signs:
- Bubbles, a cloud, or dust forming in standing water
- A subtle whistling or hissing sound
- House plants that are suddenly dying
- Visible damage to a gas line component
Along with these, think back to any times you may have experienced the following health symptoms:
- Ringing in the ears
- Throat or eye irritation
- Reduced appetite
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Breathing difficulties
- Chest pain
- Depression and irritability
- Sudden mood swings
People with weaker immune systems such as older adults or children, as well as people with asthma, may develop these symptoms easily, which are signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. If that’s the case, notify your gas company immediately.
– Be Careful When Handling a Gas Leak
DO NOT TRY TO HANDLE A GAS LEAK YOURSELF. With something as volatile as natural gas, you want to as far away from it as possible and leave any gas leak repairs to the experts. Also, do NOT open your windows to disperse the gas.
Natural gas is flammable if it consumes 5–15% of the air space. By giving it more space, you make your home more unsafe. Also, do not switch on/off any appliances or lights in your home or building where the leak may be. Any sparks may ignite the gas.
Bring in the Experts!
Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, Pro Serve Plumbers is working hard to ensure that our clients stay happy and safe in the comfort of their own homes!
We use all protective measures and following safety guidelines to make sure that our experts stay protected as well. So, you can be sure your home is in safe hands.
For any gas leak repairs, contact us straight away at 817-244-0614. We’ll have your home’s gas system straightened away in no time!
We cater to clients in several regions in Texas, including Arlington and Fort Worth, TX.