A gas leak in your Boulder home can be catastrophic if you don’t deal with it ASAP. Ignoring a gas leak means you run the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning or fire. At Canyon Plumbing & Heating, we have a team of experts standing by with the education and tools to fix virtually any gas leak issue. Contact us first to ensure the safety of your family and property.
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Dangers of Gas Leaks
Most Boulder residents operate gas appliances for decades without incident; however, gas can be dangerous if it’s not respected.
Here are a few things to think about:
- Inhaling high concentrations of natural gas can cause asphyxia, a situation where the body is deprived of oxygen. Symptoms of asphyxia are fatigue and chest pain.
- Gas leaks can also lead to fires or explosions if the house becomes filled with gas.
The best way to deal with gas leaks is to prevent them by hiring a professional plumber to install and inspect your gas lines and appliances. Also, consider installing a carbon monoxide detector to warn you of the presence of natural gas leaks.
Steps to Take if You Smell Gas in the House
Natural gas doesn’t have an odor or color, which can make it impossible to detect, which is why your gas supplier adds a chemical to the gas that gives it its familiar sulfur smell.
If you smell natural gas in the house, follow these steps to ensure the safety of your family and to protect your home.
- Shut off the gas coming into the house.
- Don't light matches or lighters in the house.
- Don't light candles.
- Don't flip on electrical switches.
- Open windows to allow the gas to escape.
- Don't use a land telephone or cell phone in the house.
- Get out of the house.
- Call 911 from a safe location.
- Call the gas company for repair.
- Call a plumber for gas leak repair as soon as possible.
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Signs You Need Gas Line Repair
If you need repairs to your gas lines, you need to call a company you can trust, like Canyon Plumbing & Heating. As gas lines age, they become prone to leaks, which is why it’s crucial to have a professional inspect them regularly. Here’s how to know that your gas lines need checking:
- Strange Odors: As mentioned above, if you smell sulfur or rotten egg odor in the house, it could be a leaking gas line that’s the problem.
- Hissing Sounds: Hissing noises coming from the walls could mean you have a hole or leak in your gas line.
- Damaged Lines: Gas lines can corrode as they age, so if you have aging gas lines, it’s imperative to your family’s safety that you have them replaced soon.
- Dying Vegetation: If you notice that some grass, shrubs, or other vegetation in the yard refuse to grow, it could be a ruptured gas line under the ground.