When you notice even the smallest symptoms of a gas leak, it’s important to call an expert as soon as possible. Whether you smell rotten eggs or you see dead vegetation around your yard, it’s crucial to have it checked out before a gas leak leads to a potentially dangerous situation. Call About Plumbing Inc. for appointments in Arnold, MO. Our trustworthy technicians provide straightforward pricing.
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Signs You Have a Gas Leak
Recognizing the signs of a gas leak as quickly as possible can be the difference between life and death for your household. Some signs to watch for can include:
- A smell that is similar to that of rotten eggs in your home.
- Signs of dead or dying vegetation in your yard or around your property.
- Excess condensation on your windows.
- Family members suffering from health issues like nausea, dizziness, fatigue, or fainting.
- Damaged connections to gas-powered appliances.
- A hissing or roaring sound near your gas pipes.
- Water or dirt in the air near the gas source.
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What To Do If You Suspect You Have a Gas Leak
If you suspect there is a gas leak in your house, it’s important to follow these steps to keep your family safe:
- First, evacuate your property.
- Once you’re in a safe place, call emergency professionals for help.
- When you leave your property, do not turn light switches on or off, as it can create a spark.
- Do not operate any electronics - including cell phones. Call for help from outside your house.
- Do not ignite any flames, including a match or a candle.
- Open all of the doors and windows to allow air to circulate.
- Do not leave your property via your car, as starting your vehicle -- even if it is in the garage or parked near your home -- can spark a fire.
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Risks Associated With Gas Leaks
Gas leaks can cause potentially serious risks to your household. Two of these are explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Explosions: These can be triggered by a spark near the gas leak -- including any electrical spark or flame. This can not only put your house and family at risk but also neighboring homes and properties. Explosions are rare, but they can still occur and need to be taken seriously.
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: This is one of the most dangerous risks associated with gas leaks because there are typically no warning signs for carbon monoxide poisoning. Some symptoms you should watch for include fatigue, nausea, and light-headedness. Evacuate your home immediately and seek medical attention if you suspect you are experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning.