It’s one of the scariest problems a homeowner can find: a gas leak. Here are some things every Houston homeowner needs to know about gas leaks.
First, if you smell it, it is probably natural gas. Natural gas goes through processing before it can be used as fuel and it has an unpleasant smell like rotten eggs. This smell is added as an olfactory warning that the harmful vapors are in the air. After all other chemicals are removed, what is left is called methane. Methane is odorless, tasteless, and is harmful to breathe in a certain quantity.
In addition to smell, there are a few other ways to detect a gas leak. You might have unusual noises like hissing coming from your gas equipment indoors, dirt or debris being blown into the air outside your home, persistent bubbles from wet areas on the group, and vegetation over or near a pipeline appearing discolored or dead.
The very first thing to do if you suspect a gas leak in your home is to NOT attempt to turn the natural gas valves on or off or try to locate the source of the leak, do NOT turn on or off any electric switch, do NOT use your telephone, cell phone, or even garage door opener, do NOT start or stop nearby vehicles or other machinery, and obviously do NOT use a lighter or strike a match. DO leave the area immediately and call us to handle the situation with expertise and perform a gas leak repair.
There are several things you can do to prevent a gas leak emergency in your home. Things such as following the manufacturer’s instructions in operating and caring for appliances and using them correctly, checking for gas odors after a flood before entering any area, installing gas leak detectors and maintaining them, and ensuring that gas space heaters are installed by a qualified professional are just a few measures that can be taken to provide a safe environment for your family.