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How To Detect A Gas Leak In The Home

There could be a silent danger lurking in your house and you don't even know it. A sudden gas leak could have dangerous, destructive consequences if not properly detected.

Considering how dangerous a gas leak can be it is important that every homeowner learn how to detect a gas leak in their own home. The following guide will help you learn how to detect a gas leak should it happen in your home.

Remember Gas is Odourless

Detecting a gas leak is difficult because there is no way to know for sure if one is happening.

The gas, usually carbon monoxide, that is leaking out is colourless and odourless. This makes it difficult to know if a gas leak is occurring, as you have no way to see it or smell it.

Even though you cannot see or smell leaking gas, there are usually some signs that a gas leak is occurring. Learning these signs can help you detect a gas leak before it becomes problematic.

Signs of a Gas Leak #1 – Physical Symptoms

Gas may be colourless and odourless, but that doesn't mean you aren't inhaling it. When a gas leak occurs, you are typically breathing it in, which can cause a number of physical symptoms to manifest.

Physical symptoms associated with a gas leak include:

  • Lightheaded feeling
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • An overall ill feeling

If you have any of these symptoms and suspect a gas leak, it is important to get out of the house immediately and/or seek medical help. If the symptoms go away once you are outside, it is a sign a gas leak is happening and you should contact Twin Electrics & Plumbing to fix the leak.

Signs of a Gas Leak #2 – Colour of the Flame

The colour of the flame that is present on a gas stove could indicate a gas leak is present. The flame under the boiler should be a cool, crisp blue colour. If the flame has an orange or yellow colour to it, it could be a sign that there is a gas leak.

Signs of a Gas Leak #3 – Pilot Light Problems

The pilot light should easily turn on and stay on when you are using the stove. If you are struggling to keep the pilot on, it could be because the light is blowing out due to a gas leak.

Signs of a Gas Leak #4 – Smell of Gas

Some gas companies will add a synthetic smell to the gas that is pumped to the house. This allows homeowners to notice a gas leak if one should occur.

If you smell gas, it is important to seek immediate help. The first thing to do is turn off the gas supply to your home's gas meter. After that is done, you should report the gas leak and seek help from a professional.

Homeowners in the Melbourne area who suspect a gas leak can call Twin Electrics & Plumbing. We offer emergency services that will have a technician or plumber at your home in less than two hours.

Call us now to request our emergency services.