Natural gas is a popular and efficient fuel for heating, cooking and producing hot water. When professionally installed natural gas is relatively safe. However, when a gas leak occurs, it is extremely dangerous. Knowing the signs of a gas leak and what to do can help to keep you and your family safe. When you suspect a gas leak, call 911, your gas supplier and Benjamin Franklin Plumbing for professional gas line repair in Houston.
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The most common sign of a gas leak is the distinct odor of rotten eggs. The scent is added to natural gas to make it more detectable. In its natural state, natural gas has neither odor nor taste, requiring the addition of an odorant for detection. The following are the potential signs of a gas leak:
- A rotten egg odor
- Unseasonably dead, dying or discolored vegetation without a known cause, such as lack of water
- Debris, leaves or soil blowing from the ground
- Bubbling in wet or flooded areas
- Flames, if a leak has ignited
- Damaged gas connections
- Exposed pipeline after a disaster
- A blowing, rushing, whistling, roaring or hissing sound
Indications for Gas Line Repair in Houston
- Frequent problems with a pilot light may indicate a gas leak. Contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber for gas line repair in Houston.
- A higher than normal bill without a known cause may indicate a gas leak. Contact a plumber for gas line repair in Houston.
It is an Emergency
A gas leak is a serious emergency. The danger of a gas leak includes explosion, fire and suffocation. An explosion may occur from the tiniest spark. Call 911, the gas provider and a Benjamin Franklin plumber for gas line repair in Houston. We offer 24 hour emergency services.
Natural Gas Safety When a Leak Occurs
- All occupants of the home should leave the home and the area immediately. Once you are a safe distance away, including from the odor of natural gas, call 911, and the gas supplier. Leave the door open after exiting, but do not attempt to open windows or other doors. You don’t want to be in the home in the event of an explosion or fire.
- Do not use electrical devices of any type, including cell phones or turning switches or appliances off.
- Do not strike an open flame, and do not smoke.
- Do not seek the source of the leak yourself, and do not attempt to shut off natural gas valves, leave it to the professionals.
- Do not attempt to provide gas line repair in Houston. If you are digging outdoors and damage a gas line call 911 and the gas supplier. When work is planned involving digging, call 811 and request utility lines be marked.
Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is an additional danger of all fossil fuels, including natural gas. In addition, always use carbon monoxide detectors in homes with natural gas. At least one should be installed on each floor, and near sleeping areas. Remember to test the device along with the smoke alarms each month.
Natural Gas Safety Tips
- Only use a licensed professional plumber to provide installation or gas line repair in Houston.
- Have a plumber provide annual maintenance on the water heater.
- To avoid damage to the stove, and the accumulation of carbon monoxide in the home, never use a gas stove for heat. A gas stove does not have an exhaust pipe. Use the exhaust vent hood fan to remove CO when cooking.
- Never sleep in a room heated by a non-ventilated gas or kerosene space heater.
- Do not use camp style heaters or camp cook stoves indoors. They are intended for outdoor use only and exhaust carbon monoxide.
If you suspect a gas leak, call 911, your gas supplier and Benjamin Franklin Plumbing for professional gas line repair in Houston. Our licensed plumbers serve Houston, Katy, Sugar Land and the surrounding areas with exceptional plumbing service. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.