We all want our home to be as safe as possible. With many homes operating off natural gas, there is a potential for leakage and spilling. Because natural gas is mostly methane, it can do a lot of damage in a short time. Methane negatively affects people, vegetation and even the house itself. These leaks can also be flammable, creating a massive fire risk for your house. Here at HomeX Plumbing & Rooter, we know that some problems need a solution fast, which is why we use visual help and diagnostics. Gas leaks are highly dangerous, so spotting them early is key to your families health.
Signs That You Have A Gas Leak
There are a lot of warning signs that you will notice if there is a gas leak in your home. For instance, you may notice a very pungent odor of rotten eggs that will float through your home. This smell is almost unignorable. If you’re unsure whether that smell is a gas leak, you can also look for:
Dead Plants and Trees
Methane, which is the dangerous component in gas leaks, is detrimental to plant well-being. If you notice your plants are dying at a fast rate, there may be an excess of natural gas in the air.
High Gas Bills
While gas usage can go up due to other factors, a high spike is a very telling sign of a leak. As the methane escapes to your house, the meter that reads how much you use will detect the escape and measure it as usage.
If there is a loud hissing sound that you cannot find in your home, it could very well be because of a leak. Sometimes the hissing will transition into a light whistle, but the hissing sound will happen in proximity to the leak. This means it doesn’t have to be heard in all components of the house.
If you’re noticing a lot of flu-like symptoms paired with headaches and dizziness, you may be inhaling too much methane. Natural gas poisoning is 100% percent treatable, but showing symptoms means you need to evacuate the area fast. Do not attempt to fix the leak by yourself, as you will get very sick.
What can I do to Prevent Leaks?
The best way to prevent leaks is to schedule regular gas pipe repair and inspection. Allowing for pipes to go neglected for long periods of time without interference will lead to more leaking, which will cost you more in the future. For safety’s sake, always make sure to reach out to professionals to check the quality of your pipes and natural gas.
Needing Emergency Gas Pipe Repair?
Nothing is worse than facing emergency repairs on your own. Luckily, Anaheim plumbing services are only a call away with HomeX! With diagnostic services and friendly customer service, we are here to help you with anything you need. Gas leakage can be a scary experience for anyone to go through, so call today to schedule regular maintenance or emergency repairs!