Gas is a common resource used in millions of homes around the world to help heat and power the property. Natural gas is the world’s cleanest fossil fuel, only producing a minimum amount of carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide when burned. When installed and used correctly, it’s both safe and convenient to use. But like most sources of energy, it can also be dangerous. This is why if your home is powered by gas, you should be on the lookout for a gas leak.
Here is how to tell if you have a gas leak and what to do if you suspect you do.
Smells, Sounds & Sights
Luckily in most cases, a natural gas leak can be detected by looking out for smells and sounds. Gas has the smell of rotten eggs or sulphur, so be on the lookout for strange odours in your home. If you can hear a whistling or hissing near a gas line, this could be a result of a leak somewhere.There are also a few sights you may notice that could be a sign of a gas leak. Bubbles in water or a white cloud near a gas line are a telltale sign of a problem. You can also look out for dead houseplants, as a release of natural gas will cause them to wilt and die.
If gas is escaping from gas lines or appliances in your home, you will probably notice a change in your gas bill. This is because as the gas is leaking out your system will try to overcompensate to make up for the loss, which will drive your bill up.
As there will be more gas in the air, the lack of oxygen can lead to a plethora of symptoms that you should be on the lookout for. This includes:
- Breathing difficulties
- Reduced appetite
- Mood changes
- Irritation to the eyes and throat
- Feeling lightheaded
- Ringing in the ears
- Chest pains
Dangers Of A Gas Leak
Natural gas is flammable, so a gas leak could result in fire or an explosion. Inhaling gas can also cause gas poisoning, which can have long-lasting effects or potentially be fatal.
Book A Gas Safety Inspection Today
If you suspect you have a gas leak or want to make sure you don’t, get in touch today with West London Gas. We are gas safe engineers who have plenty of experience working with gas appliances. We can work around your schedule, coming at a time that is convenient to you to service your appliances to make sure there are no signs of cracked or broken pipes.
Call today on 02084 343 644 to book your gas safety inspection with one of our team, or visit our website now to find out more about the gas, central heating and boiler services we offer.