Natural gas is often used as a source of energy, powering appliances like stoves, heating and cooling systems, fireplaces and more. While it certainly has benefits, it’s also a highly flammable gas that has the potential to cause serious problems if a leak forms. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to signs of a gas leak, so you can easily detect a leak if one occurs. If you’re worried about the possibility of a gas leak, a Murrieta plumber like myself can help.
What causes gas leaks?
When a gas line is damaged, natural gas may start to leak out. This can occur outside of your home as well as inside your home. Outside leaks are often caused by accidental damage when digging or during construction projects. Inside leaks can be caused by faulty appliances, old pipes, and more.
Warning signs of a gas leak
It’s important to know what to look for when trying to detect a gas leak. There a few different warning signs that can clue you into a potential natural gas leak.
If there’s an unusual smell in your house, be aware that it could be a sign of a gas leak. Leaking natural gas often smells like rotten eggs or sulfur, so if you discover this smell in your home, be sure to contact the gas company.
A damaged gas line can cause a whistling or hissing sound as the air escapes. If you hear this noise, it could be due to a gas leak.
Unusually high utility bills
Is your gas bill higher than normal? Gas leaks can cause excessive amounts of natural gas to be used, since some is actually being used and some is escaping the gas lines. If you notice your gas bills are suspiciously high, make sure to check for other signs of a gas leak.
Dead or dying house plants
Natural gas can damage and kill plants, causing leaves to become discolored and droopy. If you notice your plants aren’t doing well and there doesn’t seem to be another logical explanation, a gas leak could be to blame.
Think you might have a gas leak? Here’s what to do.
Natural gas is highly flammable, so if you suspect there’s a leak in your home, get out of your home and call 911. Do not spend time trying to find the exact source of the leak. Additionally, do not turn on lights or appliances, start your car, or light a flame. Once safely outside of your home, call your gas company, and then call us.
How gas leak detection can help
If you think you might have a gas leak, first call 911 and then the gas company. Then, contact a Murrieta plumber at American Plumbing Service. Using years of experience and the proper equipment, we can safely and quickly locate and repair the gas leak.
Installing in-home gas leak detectors is also a great way to ensure you’re quickly alerted if there’s a gas leak in your home. There are a variety of options available, including plug-in gas detectors and portable detectors. In addition to detecting natural gas, some can also detect carbon monoxide.
About American Plumbing Service
American Plumbing Service is a team of highly skilled plumbers serving homeowners in Menifee, Wildomar, Temecula, and Murrieta. We offer a variety of routine and emergency services to ensure your plumbing and heating are working as they should, including slab leak repair and tankless water heater installation and repair. Worried about a gas leak? We’re here to help. Click here to book an appointment.