A gas leak inside the home can be a very dangerous situation for Cincinnati homeowners. A gas leak doesn’t always mean a serious problem, but it’s certainly not something to risk exposing your family or your home to. Whether you use natural gas or propane in your home, if one of the gas lines is cracked, has a broken fitting, or a loose joint or connector, it can cause a number of problems; for both your health and the physical safety of your family and your home.
So how can you tell if there’s a gas leak in your home?
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One of the most obvious warning signs of a leak is the smell. Since natural gas is actually odorless, there is an additive in your gas supply that smells like rotten eggs to alert you to its presence. You might not always notice the smell, but you’ll likely start to feel dizzy, nauseous or lightheaded. Go outside immediately, and see if the symptoms disappear. If, when you’re in the fresh air, you no longer feel sick, it’s highly possible that a gas leak is the cause. A carbon monoxide alarm is an inexpensive and effective way to alert you to a leak, without having to rely on your senses.
Other signs of a gas leak that you can look out for include:
- Black or brown scorched areas on the outside of your appliances
- A pilot light that is regularly blowing out
- Excessive condensation on your home’s windows
- An orange or yellow flame on your stove top, rather than a crisp blue one
What Do I Do if There’s a Gas Leak?
One very important note is that if you suspect a gas leak, DO NOT use any electronics inside the home, including your cell phone or even a light switch. The smallest electrical spark can ignite the gas, leading to an explosion and/or a fire. The first thing to do is turn the gas supply off. Next, you’ll want to open as many windows and doors as you can to air the place out. Third, go outside and make the BEST choice – call BEST Plumbing Service of Cincinnati to come inspect your home and make the necessary repairs to your black iron or corrugated stainless steel tube gas lines.