5 Signs Your Blairsville Home Has a Gas Leak
There are more than 70 million natural gas customers in the United States. That includes many customers who live in Blairsville, or who have rental properties in the area. Natural gas is an excellent resource for warming your home, cooking, and heating water. However, it is also highly flammable and can lead to fire or explosion if a gas leak occurs.
For homeowners or property managers, it is important to understand the signs of a gas leak so you can get help right away.
5 Signs You Have a Gas Leak
If you suspect a gas leak in your home, you should contact a professional right away. Ignoring a potential gas leak could put you and your family at risk. Call a professional if you notice any of the following signs:
1. A Sulfur Smell
The first sign that many people notice that signals a gas leak is a sulfur smell. More generally, you will hear people say it smells like “rotten eggs.” If you notice this smell and haven’t been cooking with eggs recently, you should contact a gas line professional.
2. Hissing Sounds
If you are near your furnace and notice a hissing sound, that is a definite reason for concern. If your gas line or furnace is leaking, a hissing sound may be the first thing you notice.
3. Pilot Light Flame
Most of us recognize fire as being yellow and orange. But if you have natural gas, your pilot light flame should always be blue. If it is usually blue but turns yellow or orange, it could be a sign that your appliance is producing carbon monoxide.
4. Dying Houseplants
If you have a green thumb but suddenly your houseplants look brown or appear to be dying, it could be a sign of a gas leak. Gas fumes can cause plants to decay and brown.
5. Dying Landscape
Chances are, you have a gas line that runs from the main line (near the road) to your house. It probably is buried under parts of your yard. If you notice that areas along the line where your gas line is buried are dying or browning, it could be a sign of a gas leak in that line.
Any of these five signs could indicate a serious problem with your gas appliances or gas lines. You should never attempt to resolve a gas leak on your own. Safely repairing an appliance or gas line requires the skill and experience of a professional.
Health-Related Signs of a Gas Leak
In addition to the above signs that you may have gas leak, there are also some physical symptoms that you, your family, or your guests may experience. The most common symptoms associated with a leak include:
- Difficulty Breathing
- Flu-like Symptoms
- Chest Pain
- Decreased Appetite
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
Humans and animals are all susceptible to the dangerous effects of a gas leak. If you or someone in your home has these symptoms, talk to your doctor and call a professional gas line maintenance and repair service.
Gas Leak Inspection and Repair in Blairsville
If you own or rent a property in Blairsville and you are concerned about a gas leak, don’t take chances. Contact The Fire Man to have your concerns addressed. The Fire Man can inspect your appliances and gas lines and tell you if there is a leak. If so, we will provide you with information and an estimate on making repairs.