Understanding the Dangers of Gas Leaks

Sealed inside pipes and burning clean inside your home, natural gas is one of the safest energy sources available to you today. However, it can be deadly if a leak goes undetected. It’s important that you understand the dangers and warning signs of a gas leak so you can protect yourself and your family in case of an emergency. If you ever suspect a leak, call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Bay Area as quickly as possible to have the lines repaired.

Explosions or Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

There are two primary concerns with any leak. The first is that a spark in the general area could ignite the gas and result in a serious explosion. In addition to leveling your own house, the explosion could take out a substantial area around your home. Explosions are rare, but they are still a concern.

The other fear is carbon monoxide poisoning, which is the most serious danger of gas leaks. With no taste, carbon dioxide is breathed in and leaves victims feeling extreme fatigue and nausea. The problem is that if you do take a nap, you may not wake up again if too much carbon monoxide is in your system.

The Smell of Rotten Eggs

The good news is that you can usually detect a leak in the gas line. Natural gas has no odor, but utility companies add a chemical that makes the gas smell like rotten eggs. This protects homes and businesses in the area by allowing people to easily detect if and when a gas leak has occurred on their property.

If you ever smell rotten eggs anywhere near or inside your home, call a plumber in Santa Rosa for professional leak detection. They will confirm the presence of a leak, shut down the main gas supply for safety, and then determine exactly where the leak is. With the repairs properly done, your gas lines can be pressurized again and service resumed.

Don’t Wait to Call

Natural gas is incredibly safe as long as the lines are in good repair and there are no leaks. If you ever suspect a leak or simply want your pipes inspected for problems, call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Bay Area to have the leak pinpointed and the problem corrected. Available at 415-459-3266, we are happy to provide you with emergency service as well as convenient appointments, so call us if you ever notice the smell of rotten eggs around your house or gas lines.