Many homes have water heaters, clothes dryers, stoves, and fireplaces that use natural gas to provide heat or supply hot water. Unfortunately, with any gas-fired appliance comes the possibility of a gas leak. If you suspect a gas leak in your home, contact a plumber immediately for repairs.
Signs of a Gas Leak
Natural gas itself has no color, taste, or odor. Gas providers add a “rotten egg” smell to help you detect the presence of gas. If you smell a foul odor in your home, it could be due to a gas leak. Other signs of a gas leak in your water heater include an audible hissing sound near the appliance. If escaping gas has also ignited, the pilot light may be larger than normal and additional flames could be visible.
Steps to Take in the Event of a Gas Leak
If it is possible to do so safely, find your home’s main gas valve and shut it off. This will prevent more gas from entering your home. Because there could be gas in your home, it’s essential to prevent sparks that could ignite it. Don’t use light switches, cooking appliances, lighters, or electronics, including cell phones. Leave your home immediately, taking pets with you. Walk to a neighbor’s house or another safe location rather than driving, as the exhaust from your vehicle is also a potential risk for gas ignition. Once you are safely away from your home, call your gas provider and a plumber. Never try to find or repair the gas leak yourself. Repairs of this kind should only be performed by a professional.
Gas leaks are serious emergencies, requiring professional handling and repair. Call Expert Plumbing Service of New Lenox at (708) 231-4792 if you experience a gas leak or other plumbing-related problem in your home or business. Our licensed and certified plumbers have the knowledge and expertise it takes to handle natural gas-fired plumbing issues safely and quickly. Click on our website to learn more!