Owning gas in your home is sometimes considered a luxury in some countries but one shouldn’t ignore the possibility of having a gas leak as it could turn out to be deadly if not spotted early enough.
Whether you use one of those popular and simple gas cookers or have a large kitchen with a complex gas system connected to your cooking and heating appliances. A gas leak is so easy to miss if you’re not very careful.
It is even worse for homes equipped with natural gas lines and don’t have any detectors installed to catch any leaks because your house could suddenly turn into one of those movie scenes where everything goes up in flames in an epic explosion 💥💥 just because you were struggling with a matchbox.
If you want to know how to prevent or look out for a possible gas leak in your house, then these four signs will help;
1. Bad Smells
If your home smells like rotten eggs all the sudden, then there’s a possibility you’re in a lot of trouble. That pungent and recognizable odour of rotten eggs is the most common way to recognise a gas leak.
Don’t mistake it with someone who has just gassed/farted, a tray of rotting eggs or an exposed sewage line. Make sure you check your gas cooker or line to make sure the smell is not coming from them.
2. Hissing Sounds
For those who think we are talking about the hissing sound made by snakes, you are wrong. What we actually mean is that hissing sound that comes when there’s a gas leak caused by a small break or crack in the gas pipe or cylinder.
The same sound can also be noticed from a gas cooker or cylinder especially when you’re turning it on before actually igniting it to start a flame. If this is happening, then you should get it fixed immediately.
Any sign or sound of a broken gas line means you need pipe repair by professionals, like Pipeworks Services. Don’t hesitate to reach out for expert help as soon as you suspect something is amiss.
3. Your Gas Is Getting Used Up Quickly
Have you been replacing your gas cylinder more times than usual lately? Even when you’re doing everything possible to minimize usage or wastage. If so, then there could be a gas leak somewhere.
Before you insult everyone in the home for being irresponsible with the gas (this is for the African parents mostly 😂😂), check first to see if there’s no loose pipe or a damage on the cooker that’s causing gas to leak fast. That could explain the increased usage.
4. Health Problems
One of the most frightening ways to recognize a gas leak is when you begin to notice people falling ill suddenly or experiencing certain symptoms of exposure. Plants are often the first casualty since they can’t get away from it.
People and animals exposed to high doses of gas may develop headaches, breathing problems, and dizziness among other symptoms. Inability to concentrate, loss of memory and other temporary neurological symptoms are also common.
If you notice any kind of health change when you are in your home compared to outside, then you should investigate immediately. Gas leaks are dangerous in many different ways.
Along with the risk of inhalation, it also creates a serious fire hazard. Fortunately, these risks can be mitigated by installing natural gas detectors, being alert for signs of a leak, and handling appliances responsibly.