How to Prevent Gas Leaks in Your Home
Gas leaks are regarded as one of the most dangerous plumbing emergencies. Some of you may be surprised to learn that plumbing involves a gas line, but it does. When it comes to household maintenance, preventing a gas leak should be one of your top priorities, which is why this article will provide some tips on how to keep your home safe from gas leaks.
- A licensed professional should perform installation and repair.
Even if the leak is minor, anyone in your home is at risk if there is a gas leak. Aside from the threat of an explosion, gas leaks also pose the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result in a variety of illnesses including nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and other symptoms. Companies develop a safety trigger for gas lines that emits a “rotten egg smell” if there is a leak. This safety feature was developed because carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, making it difficult to detect. If the gas services you hired were subpar, the gas lines or safety features may not have been installed correctly, putting you at risk of gas leaks and poisoning. For your safety, have a licensed gas repair service company or plumber install or repair gas lines.
- Every year, gas appliances should be serviced.
Your gas fixtures may have problems that aren’t discovered until it’s too late. A maintenance check is one method of preventing gas leaks and other problems with gas connections and appliances. Obviously, a do-it-yourself check-up will be ineffective because gas connections are more complicated and dangerous to work with. Again, you should hire a licensed professional for this upkeep because they are more qualified to detect problems with your gas appliances and connection.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector.
In some cases, the “rotten egg smell” safety feature may not function properly, leaving you in the dark if there is a gas leak. You may want to install an audible carbon monoxide alarm as an added precaution. This alarm is an excellent addition to your gas leak detection equipment because it is reasonably priced, simple to install, and effectively warns you of a gas leak.
- Keep an eye out for signs of gas appliance failure.
Some of your gas fixtures may be becoming dysfunctional or damaged. You may be able to prevent both gas leaks and further damage to your appliance if you are aware of some early signs of equipment failure. Here are some common signs that a few of your appliances are beginning to fail:
*The flames in a gas cooker are yellow or orange (it should be mostly blue)
*There are black stains and marks all over your gas fixtures.
*Excessive condensation on a window near a gas appliance
*The pilot lights go out frequently and easily.