Like any fuel source, natural gas and propane provide many with the ability to heat their home, water, clothes, food, and more. But it can also be a hazard if that fuel leaks in the form of gas into the air you breathe. Usually, this doesn’t happen unless gas lines are damaged or heating and appliances malfunction or are installed incorrectly.
But it’s always better to be safe if you suspect a gas leak in your home! Find out how to tell if you have a gas leak, what to do, and how to prevent it from happening in the future.
How to Tell If You Have a Gas Leak
In some cases, gas leaks may be small or go undetected due to a lack of smell. That’s why knowing other common gas leak signs and symptoms is important for keeping you and everyone inside your home safe.
Signs of a Gas Leak in the House
- Hissing or whistling noises coming from gas lines nearby.
- Sulfur or rotten egg smell.
- White clouds or dust near gas lines.
- Bubbling in water or drains.
- Visible damage to a gas line.
- House plants are wilting or dead.
- Increased gas bill.
Physical Symptoms of a Gas Leak
- Trouble breathing or chest pain.
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, headaches, or fatigue.
- Flu-like symptoms.
- Mood changes or changes in appetite.
- Paleness or blistering on the skin.
- Frequent nosebleeds.
Pets may also experience similar symptoms if there is a gas leak in the home. Common physical symptoms in pets to watch out for include:
- Trouble breathing.
- Mood changes or appetite changes.
- Seeming disoriented or fatigued.
- Red, irritated skin or eyes.
- Unusual vomiting.
How to Check for a Gas Leak in the House
If you experience any symptoms of a gas leak, evacuate right away!
If you do suspect a leak despite no severe symptoms, follow these steps on how to test gas lines for leaks:
- If you know where your gas lines are located, check that area for signs and symptoms of a gas leak. Specifically, listen for hissing or whistling noises. If you hear these noises, it’s still possible the issue isn’t a gas leak, but a problem with your plumbing pipes or HVAC system.
- Next, check your gas appliances. If you have a gas stove, turn on the burner and pay close attention to the flame. If the flame is blue, there’s likely not a gas leak. If the flame is orange or red, turn it off immediately and call your gas utility company.
- Try the soapy water test. Mix a teaspoon of dish detergent and one cup of water. Apply the solution to the connection or area where you suspect the leak is coming from. If bubbles appear, this indicates there’s gas escaping from this area.
- Test your home with a gas leak detector. You can find these devices at your local home or hardware store.
- Call an expert. The safest option to ensure a gas leak is properly identified and repaired is with a professional. Call your gas utility company to properly take care of the leak. From there, call our experts at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing for gas line repair.
What to Do if You Have a Gas Leak
If you know or suspect you have a gas leak in your home, the safest option is to evacuate immediately. Gather everyone (including pets) in the home and relocate to a safer space outside. Don’t do anything that might create a spark like turning on or off any switches.
Once everyone is safely outside of the home, call your gas utility company. If you cannot reach them, call 911. After the leak has been safely addressed, call your local Benjamin Franklin Plumbing to inspect and handle any gas line repair or replacement services.
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How to Prevent Gas Leaks
When it comes to your gas appliances or gas lines, wear and tear can happen over time due to corrosion, faulty parts, improper installation, inadequate ventilation, and more.
That’s why proactive methods are key to preventing gas leaks:
- Schedule routine maintenance for HVAC equipment that uses gas fuel.
- Schedule routine gas line maintenance.
- Make sure that your home and gas appliances have the proper ventilation to avoid moisture build-up and corrosion.
- Regularly clean and test gas appliances and have them inspected as needed.
- Know where your gas shut-off valve is located in case of an emergency.
- Educate everyone in the home about gas leak symptoms and safety.
Gas Line Leaks Are Serious – Stay Safe with Professional Repair
Don’t delay repairs for a damaged gas line! Count on your local licensed plumbers at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing for gas line repair or replacement services. Call us at 1-877-BEN-1776 or book an appointment online.