How Can I Know if I Have a Gas Leak?

Beware Gas Leaks

In recent news, there have been several house explosions from gas leaks. While that’s an extreme outcome from having a gas leak, it’s not an impossibility. Fortunately for those in the Lubbock area, these explosions were elsewhere. Gas leaks are quite dangerous and threaten both your family’s safety and health.

Signs You Might Have a Gas Leak

The most obvious sign of a gas leak is a stinky smell. Gases used in homes for appliances and heating are odorless, so manufacturers add ethyl mercaptan because its potent “rotten egg” smell is easily noticeable. People sometimes say gas smells like sulfur or cooked cabbage.

When air gets saturated with gas, it doesn’t contain enough oxygen for adequate breathing. Symptoms of a gas leak might include headache, dizziness, confusion, nausea, and sleepiness. If symptoms decrease once you’re outside in fresh air, there might be an indoor leak.

Appliances like your stove, water heater, or furnace have pilot lights that stay lit constantly. When you use one of these, check the pilot for a blue flame, which means there’s a correct ratio. A yellow or orange flame could indicate a leak.

If plants in your home die without reason, a leak may be the culprit, especially if the plants are near a gas appliance. Outside, if unexplained patches of dead grass appear or dead plants are surrounded by healthy, green ones, have your lines checked.

What to Do if You Suspect a Leak

Get out of the house right away! The smallest spark can trigger an explosion or fire. Call your utility company and then a professional.

How Our Professionals Can Help

Our skilled technicians will check your gas lines for leaks. We’ll quickly repair or replace the line so your family can get back to life in your home.

If you suspect a gas leak or your gas bill has mysteriously increased, give Bruce Thornton Air Conditioning in Lubbock a call at 806-589-1014 today. We’re here to help with any questions or concerns.

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