If you have natural gas in your home, you might be concerned about safety issues. The good news is that natural gas is non-toxic. You can survive in an atmosphere that is 25% natural gas! However, if the natural gas concentration gets too high, it will displace the oxygen in your home and can create the conditions needed for suffocation. Fortunately, there are some tell-tale signs of a natural gas leak.
Natural gas is odorless and colorless. Gas companies add a chemical to natural gas to give it an unpleasant, sulfur smell. If you smell rotten eggs in your home and you don’t have actual rotten eggs, you might have a gas leak. Open the windows and create ventilation. Then call a professional.
While the smell of rotten eggs is the most likely way to detect a gas leak. Certain health issues can become prevalent:
- Difficulty or irregular breathing
- Chest Pain
- Loss of Appetite
- Nose bleeds
- Flu-like symptoms
- Dizziness or light-headed
- Ringing sensation in the ears
Unfortunately, many of these symptoms are also associated with other health issues. However, if you experience any of these symptoms around the same time that you smell something unusual in your house or suspect a gas leak, then seek medical attention as soon as possible. A gas leak in a small-enclosed space could result in a lack of oxygen in the air and symptoms of hypoxia, which is when your body doesn’t have enough oxygen.
If you’re usually pretty good with plants and they start dying for no reason, it could indicate a gas leak. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, your plants shouldn’t be dying without reason, especially if you’ve had them a while. Plants need carbon dioxide to live. When natural gas replaces the CO2 in the air, they can’t survive.
High Gas Bills
It’s possible that you may not smell a slow gas leak, but that doesn’t make it any less dangerous. Even if it’s not affecting your health or plants, a gas leak could be costing you a small fortune every month. Keeping track of your usage over time gives you a baseline that you can use to figure out if there’s an issue with your gas system. Fluctuations may occur, especially seasonally or if the utility raises gas prices, but overall, a large gas bill is likely to mean an undetected gas leak.
Unusual Noises and Visual Changes
If you hear hissing noises or whistling sounds near or at your main gas line, that may indicate that there is a gas leak. Shut off any noise-making appliances and electronics and walk around to listen to any unusual noises.
If you notice white cloud dust near a gas line or see bubbles in water, that is another indication of a gas leak.
Hiring a gas detection service can put your mind at ease and allow you to focus on other things. Contact Bullseye Leak Detection in Sacramento. Gas leaks can be harmful to you and your family. It’s better to be safe and discover the issue as soon as you can. You’ll save money in the long run while also protecting your health and your home from the damage that natural gas can do. Schedule an appointment today if you think you may have a gas leak in your home.