Gas leaks are nothing to mess around with. While natural gas is normally an extremely safe product to use in your home, you should have gas connections checked periodically. That includes your HVAC system, water heater, range or any other gas-powered appliances.
The natural gas used to power appliances in our homes can also be the source of fires, explosions and poisoning from carbon monoxide. To avoid such mishaps, the gas company adds a substance called mercaptan to the natural gas so that you can smell it when it’s leaking. The smell is similar to that of rotten eggs. Other symptoms of a gas leak:
- Dead houseplants,
- Damaged gas pipes,
- Hissing or whistling sound near a gas line,
- Dust or a white cloud near a gas line,
- Higher gas bills than normal.
Physical symptoms of oxygen deprivation due to gas leaks can include:
- Chest pains,
- Shortness of breath, and
- Irritation to the eyes and throat.
CO, which occurs when gas burns incompletely, can also cause some of these symptoms. Anyone who experiences these symptoms when a gas leak is suspected should be hospitalized and treated.
Steps to Take for a Suspected Gas Leak
If you suspect there’s a gas leak in your home, do not use a cell phone or turn on a light. Get everyone out of the house immediately, including pets. Leave the doors open and call 911, your local fire department or the gas company.
A certified gas inspector should locate the leak and repairs should be made before it is safe to return to the home.
Checking for Gas Leaks in Your HVAC System
Schedule a furnace checkup every fall to make sure the exhaust flue pipe is working properly and that there are no leaks in the system. It’s also a good idea to have smoke and CO monitors properly installed in your home.
To learn more about preventing and responding to gas leaks, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, serving the Neptune City area. Ask us about HVAC maintenance, repairs and upgrades.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).