Is there a rotten feeling in your stomach that you might have a gas leak but you can’t be sure? Here are the warning signs to tip you off.
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Even though natural gas is one of the safest and environmentally-friendly fossils fuels, inhaling it can be harmful and possibly fatal.
The gas leak can increase the risk of fire explosion. If there is a leak in the house, an electric spark is enough to kindle the flame.
Often referred as “silent killer,” the carbon monoxide poisoning kills about 50 people each year. Thus, educating everyone in the household is essential.
How to recognise a gas leak? Read on to know the symptoms of gas poisoning, its cause, and signs.
Causes of Gas Leak
Defective appliances, improper installation or wrong maintenance case the leak.
Always make sure a professional and Gas Safe registered heating engineer installs and regularly checks it out.
The gas leak can happen both inside and outside of the household.
Symptoms of Gas Poisoning
Carbon monoxide poisoning is very harmful to your health. A headache, sickness, dizziness, fatigue, stomach pain, difficulty breathing and confusion are the symptoms of infection.
If you or anyone in the household experience these, you need to go to the doctor immediately. Afterward, call your provider to come and check the house for gas leaks.
Signs of the Gas Leak
- Remember that the gas does not have a color or smell. Its”rotten egg”- like smell is added artificially to help you catch any leaks.
- A hissing sound coming from the equipment is another sign of the leak.
- When gas leaks outside, it throws dirt in the air or blows plants like a wind.
- The wet area of the house has bubbles when a gas pipe leaks.
- Plants near the gas leak start dying without any apparent reason.
- A flame burns above the ground.
Find which Equipment Leaks
When you notice any signs of a gas leak, try inspecting appliances that use gas, such as a water heater or a gas stove.
Afterward, check the smell near the equipment.
Once you identify the device, you need to find the leak area.
First, check any damaged connections. You might hear a sound.
But if there is no sound and the connections look right, mix a liquid soap and water. Apply on the tubes by brush. The area where the air is coming out should form bubbles.
There you go; you found it!
Install a Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Installing carbon monoxide alarms is a great way to make your household safe. Like any other alarm, these alerts when there is a certain amount of gas in the air.
Once you hear the alarm leave the house immediately and call your provider to send an engineer.
Do not use any electronics or turn the lights on or off.
Check the Appliances
Detecting gas leak isn’t always easy. There are some indications your boiler has a problem. Typical boiler gas leak symptoms are:
- Instead of blue, the flame is a yellow or orange colour
- The device has a brown, black or roasted area
- You smell must
- The pilot light continually blow out
- The condensation is more than normal on windows.
Getting Quality Gas Boiler and Water Leak Detection & Repairs
Gas and water leaks are stressful. Property and possibly safety are at risk. Knowing how to find quality leak repairs can save you time, money and worry.
More than 17 billion litres of water move through the water system in the UK each day. Leaks are inevitable but repairing them promptly and properly helps keep costs and inconvenience to a minimum.
Household gas leaks are dangerous. In addition to the gas being highly flammable, it releases carbon monoxide (CO) into the air. This colourless, poisonous gas can quickly make people and pets ill and kills about 7 people per year.
Here’s what you need to know about detecting and repairing water and gas leaks to keep homes and businesses safe and dry.
Water Leak Detection
Not all water leaks provide the tell-tale drip, drip, drip.
Other do-it-yourself water leak detection methods include:
- If you have easy access to your water meter, check the reading before a three-hour window when you know no water will be used. Check the meter again. If there is any change in the reading, there is a leak.
- Your monthly bill can also indicate a problem. If the cost spikes for no known reason, there might be a hidden leak in your pipes.
- Toilets are a common source of water leakage. For this kind of water leak detection, put a few drops of food colouring in the toilet tank. Check the bowl 15 minutes later. If there is any colour in the toilet bowl, there is a leak.
- Noticing the development of rust or mould near pipes.
A qualified professional has other tools for finding hidden water leaks.
Boiler Gas Leak Detection
Natural gas is odourless by nature. To help with gas leak detection, suppliers add the compound mercaptan to give it a distinctive and somewhat unpleasant odour.
Another way to detect a gas leak is to install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors.
Qualified professionals may also have air testing equipment and other tools to help detect and locate gas leaks.
Note: If you suspect a gas leak in your home or business, shut off the source (if you have access) and remove flammable materials before calling for repair.
Finding Quality Leak Repair Service
Before hiring someone to repair your water or gas leak, here are the steps you can take to find a qualified professional:
- Check the Gas Safe Register. Any gas installation business undertaking commercial installation or maintenance of a gas appliance in the UK must be registered with Gas Safe.
- For water leak repair, verify that the repair person is in good standing with the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE).
- In addition to reading online reviews, ask to speak to 2-3 previous customers. The best question to ask: “Would you hire this service provider again?“
- Ask trusted friends and family for the name of a gas or water leak repair service they found satisfactory.
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