Gassy Problem: What You Need to Know about Gas Leaks

According to the EIA, natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel-derived energy. Perhaps, this is why more people and industries have switched to this. As of 2015, it accounts for 21% of the energy source.

Since natural gas is available in large volumes, it is used in electricity generation, vehicles, and heating and cooking. You are likely using natural gas to keep your household warm. If so, you should know how to protect your loved ones in the event of a gas leak.  

Of course, the most prudent thing to do is call a plumber. However, you might not be aware of the signs of a gas leak. If so, you should read this blog.

What Is a Gas Leak? 

A gas leak is an unintended gas flow from a pipe, fitting, or appliance. A natural gas leak can happen at any time, but it is more likely to occur during construction or repairs. It may result from damaged or loose pipes and fittings.   

A gas leak is also possible when the joints and connections in your gas appliance are loose or when the seals around the burners are damaged. It can be perilous because it can cause gas poisoning or an explosion.

Signs of Gas Poisoning

Gas poisoning can occur from breathing in methane and other gases from natural gas. You are advised to look for the following signs before calling a plumber. Symptoms of gas poisoning include the following:

  • Nausea
  • Headache 
  • Vomiting
  • Severe stomach pains 
  • Confusion 
  • Memory problems
  • Loss of concentration
  • Unconsciousness

These symptoms may not directly result from breathing in methane and other gases from natural gas. They may result from another cause. It is why you should call your doctor or even 911 if you suspect that you or your loved ones are experiencing gas poisoning.

What to Do If You Suspect a Leak

If you have any suspicion that you are experiencing a gas leak, you should immediately try to figure out its location. Next, get everyone out of the house. If you have the luxury, you should call 911.

The next thing you should do is to shut off the gas. You can do this by switching off or closing the valves in the main gas supply. It may turn off your gas water heater and other natural gas appliances. Most importantly, leave home and do not turn any light or electric device on.

What to Avoid Doing

You should avoid using the phone or a flashlight and avoid going near the gas meter and gas pipes. There is a chance that you may come in contact with a live electrical switch or other equipment. Since natural gas is lighter than air, you should also avoid all ignition sources to prevent accidental fires.

Conclusion

Gas leaks can happen at any time. If you suspect that your home is experiencing a gas leak, do not panic. The first thing you should do is get everyone out of the house and call 911. If you can, you should turn off the gas switches.  

Of course, it is best to call a plumber so that they can assess the situation. You can rely on Candu Plumbing & Rooter to help you if you have a gas leak. We will fix this problem so that you and your loved ones can go back to your home safely. So call us now!