Gas pipe leaks can occur at any time inside or outside the home, and it is extremely crucial that homeowners and all household members are aware of the signs of a leak. These can all manifest throughout the home or just in one area. It can even affect household members physically, and as such health symptoms should also be indicators of potential leak concerns.
Home improvement website The Spruce has mentioned the importance of being educated about gas leaks as it is a physical danger that could lead to health and property damage.
“Natural gas is highly combustible, meaning it can produce a lot of heat when you burn small amounts. Thus, a natural gas leak can increase the risk of fire and explosion since it spreads quickly and goes up in flame easily. If you have a leak in the house, an electrical spark or fire source can ignite the combustion. It’s important for everyone in your family to be educated about gas leaks, as a leak in or around the home can be quite dangerous. In fact, a natural gas leak can, at certain levels, kill you.”
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When Leaks Occur
Health Website Medical News Today has pointed out the physical signs that point to a gas pipe leak inside the home. In their article, they pointed out that the physical and health manifestations can both affect humans and their pets.
“A reduction in the amount of oxygen in the air causes gas leak symptoms. These can include: breathing difficulties, dizziness, fatigue or drowsiness, feeling lightheaded, flu-like symptoms, headaches, irritation to the eyes and throat, mood changes, including depression, nausea, nosebleeds, pains in the chest, pale skin or blistering, following direct contact with gas, reduced appetite, ringing in the ears.”
Read the full write-up they originally posted here.
Recognizing Danger Signs
WikiHow meanwhile published the other signs homeowners must watch out for when it comes to gas leaks. In their article they also mentioned ways to immediately detect and prevent this dangerous issue from occurring. California Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association
“See if your home has a rotten egg or sulfuric smell. Natural gases from your appliances have the added chemical mercaptan, making the gas have an unpleasant odor so you can detect it easier. If you notice the smell in your home, it’s possible that you have a gas leak near your stove, water heater, or another appliance.”
The rest of the write-up can be found here.
When gas pipe leaks occur, it is important that homeowners know what to do to avoid accidents. All household members should stop what they are doing, turn off the gas meter and get out of the home to breathe fresh air. Once outside the home, they can call for help or professional gas pipe repair services to immediately address the situation.
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