How Gas Leaks Affect your Health



Do you often feel nauseous inside your home? Have you noticed how you tend to feel completely fine when you step outside but as soon as you get home, you start feeling dizzy again? The reason could be a gas leak.

Home appliances like water heaters, gas stoves, and outdoor grill setups are connected to gas pipelines. However, if any of these appliances have an ill-fitted gas connection, then consider it a recipe for disaster. How do you detect gas leaks in your home? Here are some telltale signs of gas leaks:

Natural Gas Poisoning

Natural gas leakage won’t just affect your plants’ health; in fact, it can have some severe consequences for your physical health.

  • Lethargy
  • Respiratory tract irritation
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Lightheadedness
  • Depression
  • Chest pain

Chest pain

Extreme cases of gas leaks can also lead to fatalities and other complicated conditions.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Although natural gas is devoid of color and smell, gas companies add a distinct ‘rotten egg’ odor to it. This makes it easier to detect any gas leaks in your home. However, carbon monoxide emission is also an underlying issue. On partial oxidation of natural gas, carbon monoxide fumes are formed. These fumes are extremely toxic and can trigger ‘flu-like’ symptoms in people.

Dangerously high levels of Carbon monoxide in the atmosphere can lead to the following symptoms in individuals:

  • Nausea
  • Weakness in muscles
  • Blurry vision
  • Headaches
  • Unconsciousness

If no proper action is taken in time, CO poisoning can result in permanent tissue or brain damage, miscarriages in pregnant women, and in extreme cases, death.

Since carbon monoxide fumes are free of any color and odor, it is near impossible to detect them without a CO gas detector. However, gas repair service providers can inspect any such gas leaks and deal with them accordingly.

If you suspect that these symptoms are caused by gas leakage, we suggest that you immediately leave the house. Do not attempt to use any electrical device or gadgets while inside, as it could spark a fire.

Once you are outside, inhale some fresh air and only then contact the local gas company. If the gas leakage is from your end, you will need to call gas repair service providers. In case of gas leakages in Arlington, TX, you can contact us at Pro Serve Plumbing.

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