What to do if You Suspect a Gas Leak in Your Home
Posted By The Eco Plumbers 23 Oct. 2013
Since natural gas is odorless, many gas companies will add odors to their gas to notify anyone if there is a potential leak. Homes that have gas powered devices may emit a smell when in use but if you notice the smell getting stronger, then you may have a gas leak. There are also gas detector devices that can be installed within your home to notify you of any potential leaks.
If you suspect a gas leak, there are a few steps that you should take. First, look around and turn off any electrical devise that you have running. If possible, don’t only turn off electrical devices but also unplug them. Go around the building and open all of the windows and doors. If there is a gas leak it is important that you open the windows to allow ventilation. Once you have unplugged and opened all the windows, it is important that you get out of the building. Notify everyone in the building and if you are at home and suspect a leak, remove all animals from the house as well. If you have a strong gas leak odor, then do not bother with trying to find the source of the leak. As the smell gets stronger, so does the leak. While you are inside the building or still on the premises, do not light a match or lighter.
Also, it is not a good idea to start a car, flashlight or door opener. Any electric appliance being used could trigger a spark, which is the last thing you want during a gas leak. Once you are out of the building, be sure to call your local gas company. If you are unsure of which business to call, notify your fire department and they will notify the gas company. It is better to notify the fire department of a potential danger before it happens rather than waiting and having your building or home explode or catch fire. It is important that you stay out of the building until it has been inspected thoroughly.
If you are worried about the potential for a gas leak in the future or just notice that the pipes within your home may not be working correctly, give The Eco Plumbers a call. We offer convenient free in-home inspections and will provide you with a service quote in the very beginning. We are focused on providing products and service that will save you money and increase the value of your home. Our friendly, professional Columbus plumbers at the Eco Plumbers is ready to answer any plumbing question you may have. You can contact us to learn more about our services.