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How to Detect a Gas Leak

Detecting a gas leak in time can help prevent disaster. Heed the following warning signs and watch out for them to catch a gas leak before it causes tragedy.

– Smell

In its pure form, natural gas is odorless. But to enable timely detection, a foul smelling substance – Mercaptan, is added to the gas. Mercaptan has traces of sulphur and thus emits a rotten egg smell that is immediately apparent when a leak occurs.

If you encounter this smell inside your house, then there is a gas leak inside the house somewhere.

– Listen

Another indicator of a gas leak is the hissing sound of gas escaping from a pipe. This is caused due the pressurized state of the gas in the pipe. Its speed when it escapes through a leak, causes the hissing sound which can let you know that a leak has occurred.

– See

You should also keep an eye out for physical symptoms of gas leakage both inside and outside your house. Natural gas is lighter than air and it rises upwards when it escapes. So if an underground gas pipe has suffered a leak, the rising methane gas will cause any vegetation, grass or plants, directly above it to whither and get discolored. Be vigilant of such signs as they are markers of a gas leak.

Bubbles in water logged places or blowing dirt and dust are also signs of an underground gas leakage.

If you have detected a gas leak in your building, do not waste any time and call us immediately so that a team of qualified plumbers can be dispatched forthwith.


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