How to detect a plumbing gas leak
You walk through the kitchen and stop in your tracks because you thought you smelled something like rotten eggs. You back up and start sniffing around the appliances to narrow down what you think you are smelling. Does this sound familiar?
Before we go any further …. if you believe or know you have a gas leak and your family is in danger, please call your local gas company from the outside. We would never suggest putting you or your family at risk.
But if you are still trying to determine if you have a gas leak (and not just bad food in the garbage can) take a moment to stand next to the gas appliance you are suspecting. Stand still and listen for any hissing sound that could be caused by a gas leak. Hopefully the possible leak is small enough that it will not produce any noise.
Mix a little bit of soap and water together in order to form a soap water combination. Using a sponge or rag spread that mixture onto the gas pipe leading to your suspected appliance IF that pipe is easily accessible. If bubbles form, then you’ve confirmed you have a small leak. Give Rick a call for fast service!
Portable Gas Leak Detector
There are portable gas leak detectors that can be purchased at your local home improvement store. They are available in a wide range of prices, so purchase the one that fits your budget, and be sure to read the instructions thoroughly so that your test results can be trusted.
Safety is most important
A gas leak is not something to mess with. If you have a significant gas leak, static electricity from walking on your carpet could cause an explosion. If you smell a lot of gas, or suspect a leak, leave your home and call your utility company. Make sure their phone number is in your phone or go to a neighbor’s house. A gas leak can be deadly—safety first.