One of the greatest dangers for a home can be a gas leak. Gas leaks can be a silent killer and homeowners will not always be able to detect that there is a gas leak in their home. This is why all homeowners that have gas lines installed in their home should learn how to identify and help prevent the possibility of gas leaks, inside or even outside of the home. On top of being possibly lethal, gas leaks will also significantly increase the costs of the monthly gas bill. Large gas leaks tend to be much easier to identify due to smell, small ones, however, can go unnoticed for a very long time. It is these small gas leaks that can not only increase indoor air pollution but it can also cause a series of physical effects to all people in the home too. Some of the symptoms of long-term exposure to gas include the following:
- Memory Loss
- Respiratory Problems
- Sinus Pain
- ….And More
The symptoms experienced from gas leaks are also very similar to what one would experience from carbon monoxide poisoning also. If you suspect that you may have a gas leak in your home then you should immediately leave the home with your loved ones and contact the fire department right away to have the home inspected. Once confirmed, contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing afterwards to have the gas lines repaired by one of our professional and courteous Plumbers in Arlington, Texas.
Virtually the best preventative method all homeowners can partake in is to have bi-yearly inspections done in order to catch problems before they arise with gas lines. Inevitably, gas lines like most things will deteriorate with age and as such will begin to leak. Scheduling professional preventative maintenance will help prevent the possibility of a deadly gas leak in your home. Below we go over the top five points that will help determine if there is a substantial gas leak in your home.
Identifying a Gas Leak
- Dead Vegetation
If you notice dead vegetation in your yard specifically where the gas line runs underground, then you may have a broken gas line.
In the event that you notice a hissing sound near your gas lines, you most likely have a gas leak. Typically, if the hissing sound is audible enough for you to hear it, it will be accompanied by an offensive sulfuric odor as leak that hisses tends to be much more substantial than just a small leak.
- Offensive Odor
Natural gas and propane companies add the sulfuric or “rotten egg” smell to gas for safety reasons. This scent is an additive that is called mercaptanthat will give colorless and odorless gases a distinctive scent that is hard to overlook. In the event that you smell this near your gas lines you most likely have a leak. If the smell is within your home grab your phone and your loved ones and exit your home immediately. Leave your door open in the process of vacating your home and when you are a safe distance away use your phone to contact the Fire Department and your local plumbing company, such as Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington and Fort Worth, TX.
A quick and decisive way to determine if you have a gas leak is to grab some dishwashing soap, mix it with some water, and then rub it over your gas line with a rag or sponge. If you see bubbles then you definitely have a leak and you will need to take the same safety precautions as with what was explained above with offensive odors.
- Mist or Fog
In the event that you notice mist or fog around your immediate property but not the extending area beyond it could definitely be a gas leak.
Safety Measures if You Find a Gas Leak
- If you find a gas leak in your home, gather your loved ones and leave the home immediately. When exiting your home leave your door open. Do not use your phone in your home or attempt to turn off the gas. Do not use any other appliances or electronics in your home. Leave immediately.
- If you are not sure of the source of the leak, do not try and locate it. A professional will find and fix the leak for you.
- Do not operate any appliances, automobiles or electronics. Do not use any devices whatsoever. A small spark could ignite a massive explosion. Leave your home immediately and only then after you are a safe distance away use your phone to call your local fire department and a local professional to handle the gas leak.
About Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, Texas
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, TX has professional plumbers in Arlington, Texas servicing Fort Worth and surrounding areas. Our experienced, courteous and friendly plumbers provide on time plumbing related services to not only Arlington but surrounding areas also. If you are in need of a professional plumber that you can count on for plumbing repairs, maintenance and / or installation then you can count on us at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, Texas.
Ben Franklin Plumbing is a leader in the field for plumbing related repairs. We are also one of the most trusted plumbing service brands in the industry with high standards of service that you can rely on. When you contact us you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving the best plumbers in Arlington, Texas. Our commitment to service and excellence is reflected in our stone solid A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. If you have a plumbing related problem in your home or business and you need help, do not hesitate to contact us today. Our professional, courteous and friendly plumbers in Arlington, Texas will be more than happy to assist you and answer any of your questions and schedule an appointment with you to assess the plumbing related problem and resolve it at your earliest convenience. Give Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, Texas a call today if you are looking for professional plumbers in Arlington, Texas. If there’s any delay, it’s you we pay®