Handling Gas Line Leaks
How Do I Know If I Have a Gas Line Leak?
Natural gas is actually odorless, colorless and takes high volumes of the gas to cause explosive results. Because of this, our past was littered with fires and accidents caused by the use of natural gas without any preventative efforts in place to detect leaks. However in modern times, gas is mixed with a substance that causes a definite odor that some equate with rotten eggs. The scent is designed to offend and alarm anyone that smells it.
The smell is so common now that many never realize that the gas in its natural form is odorless. The smell occurs when actually lighting a stove or pilot of some kind, and it is immediately noticeable. Additionally, these scents are added to natural gas in all of its forms. Propane and butane is used in many home applications especially in rural areas where gas is supplied from an outside tank. This odor will help inhabitants survive some very deadly situations, but when combined with gas leak and carbon monoxide detectors, the incidence of problems can be greatly reduced.
Why Is It Important To Handle This Issue Immediately?
The consequences of ignoring a gas leak, not recognizing a leak and acting inappropriately when a gas leak occurs, can be hazardous to human lives and the structures they inhabit. The most important thing to remember is that when a gas leak is detected, it is best to remove everyone from the home. Do not open windows to air out structures or open any unnecessary doors. Additionally, phone calls should be reserved until after the structure is clear form inhabitants and preferably from an alternate location.
Static from phones, opening windows or unnecessary doors could spark an explosion that can completely disintegrate a home. These problems occur for various reasons. This means that routine checks should be made by reputable licensed master plumbers or officials from the local utility service that handles gas related issues. This is especially true if gas is only detected periodically and for short spans of time. This could mean loose connections that only leak under certain circumstances. This is the appropriate time to respond with a call to one of the aforementioned entities. It should never be put off because failing connections are a leading cause of death, injury and property loss from catastrophic gas related events.
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