Gas leaks might sound like some nightmare you’ll never encounter in real life, but surprisingly, these leaks are present throughout the suburbs and cities of America. Luckily, the average gas leak poses few serious threats to human health, but it is a severe fire threat. Every gas leak should be addressed quickly to protect people and property from exposure.
You might not notice the signs of a gas leak right away, but as soon as you identify any of the following occurrences on your property, contact an emergency plumbing service right away.
People usually compare the smell of a gas leak to that of rotten eggs or sulfur. Although gas is naturally odorless, utility companies add a chemical with a strong smell to natural gas so that homeowners and business owners can be alert when a gas leak occurs.
As long as you’re a dedicated plant owner, your vegetation shouldn’t just shrivel up or die for no apparent reason. When you notice clumps of dead plants that seem to be the only affected vegetation, search for a nearby leak that could be contaminating them.
Bubbles in Your Water
Standing water should not bubble on its own, so if you notice bubbles appearing in your glasses of tap water after a bit of time, you may be dealing with a broken gas pipeline.
Hissing or Whistling Noises
As gas escapes from a damaged pipe, you might be able to hear the leak if you listen closely. You’ll usually notice a high-pitched sound that continues in the background.
Even though worrisome reactions to gas leaks are fairly rare, the lack of oxygen in an affected area can trigger responses in the human body. People who are exposed to a gas leak for an extended amount of time may experience chest pains and breathing difficulties.
Irritation or Fatigue
If someone in your household complains of feeling drowsy, light-headed, tired, or moody, it’s probably a good idea to check for gas leaks throughout the property. Signs of irritation in the eyes, throat, nose, and ears can also be indicative of a gas problem and should be taken seriously. Keep in mind that these symptoms might also be displayed by pets, not just humans.
At Rick’s Plumbing, we want to help you feel safe and comfortable in your own home. Our experts handle everything from serious gas leaks to water heater repairs and clogged drains. Whatever your plumbing emergency may be, our experienced team can provide quick and efficient service.