The American Gas Association says that more than 177 million Americans rely on natural gas. If you are one of them and your home uses natural gas on a regular basis, educate yourself on all aspects of it. Natural gas can be harmful if inhaled or exposed for long periods of time. A natural gas leak has a very distinct smell of rotten eggs or sulfur, if you smell this in your home call a professional to get the issue fixed immediately.
If you think your home experiences a natural gas leak call your gas supplier to have them check it out. Sometimes they can fix the issue or they will administer a red tag where you will need to get outside help to fix. Typically if it is a large issue an HVAC professional will be called but the gas company will first turn off the gas supply. Once a professional has fixed the gas leak, you can notify your gas supplier to ensure it has been fixed and return the gas on.
Things to Know About a Natural Gas Leak
- Open all doors and windows. You do not want to trap the gas inside the house if you are concerned about a leak. Be sure to air out your room or home where the leak occurs. Exposure to gas has a negative effect on the health of the residents.
- Dead or discolored landscape. If dead plants are around the gas pipelines there could be a good chance you are experiencing a gas leak. Of course dying plants are just part of nature but exposure to a gas leak will discolor and kill the plants faster.
- Bubbles in standing water. There should be no movement in standing water. If there are bubbles in standing water that is a sign of a gas leak.