Understanding how to correctly detect a natural gas leak early on is certainly a must if you use gas in your home. Discovering and fixing the leak is a matter of safety for everyone in the home, and could very well be a matter of life or death. If you’re uncomfortable performing your maintenance work, or perhaps discover leaking gas and are in a panic, it’s important that you call in the true professionals to handle the issue promptly. First off, though, you need to know how to detect gas in the home.
Detecting by Odor
Natural gas is completely odorless when in its normal state. Gas suppliers add fragrance to the substance to ensure it can be detected should there be a leak. Most people think the smell is similar to rotten eggs. Anyways, the scent is strong and highly unpleasant – there is no mistaking the smell of leaking gas.
First off, determine which appliances are using natural gas in your home and give them a sniff. The odor should be stronger around the device that is leaking. While doing this, check to ensure the pilot light for these appliances is lit. Many modern appliances do not have pilot lights, though, and instead use electric igniters. If this is the case, turn off the gas to the appliance at the angle switch on the gas supply line, then call a professional promptly.
Detecting by Sound
While the smell is the most common method to detect a gas leak, the sound is also a dead giveaway. You may notice a slight hissing sound emanating from one or more appliances in your home. While checking for gas leaks, listen carefully for the noise. If you can hear a hissing, the leak is substantial, so be wary.