A gas leak at home can be frightening and have grave consequences if you don’t deal with it quickly. It’s important to know what to do in the event of a leak. If you can smell gas, you can do some step to keep it safe or you can call plumber service.
There are two common kinds of gas that are likely to affect you and your home everyday natural gas and carbon monoxide. If you’ve got a natural gas leak, your first line of defense is your nose. Natural gas is actually odorless, but an additive called mercaptan gives it a sulphuric, rotten egg smell that’s designed especially to warn you about its presence. Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of improperly-burned fuel, including gas, coal, wood and oil. It’s very poisonous and can kill. Worse still, it’s completely odorless, tasteless and invisible. It can sometimes be emitted by a faulty home appliance, like a fireplace or stove, or a blocked chimney or flue.
The smell will be strongest close to the source, and this may help pinpoint where it’s coming from. A leak in the kitchen, for instance, may simply be coming from an incorrectly-turned off gas ring on the hob. If the smell is coming from a cellar or basement, get out immediately.
These are often unventilated spaces, and it’s likely that the leak is coming from somewhere like a broken pipe. A build-up of unburnt gas can ignite with devastating consequences. If you can smell gas, do not light a cigarette, strike a match or flick any electrical switches. It is important to open the doors and windows to help gas dissipate. This not only removes the smell, but also reduces the risk of any accidental ignitions. Locate the gas meter and turn off the gas here if possible. It’s likely a physical valve needs rotating like a tap. On some older homes, this may have become stuck with time, so don’t try to force it a broken or snapped valve can have dangerous consequences. If the source of the leak is a faulty boiler or appliance, this may be condemned and permanently disconnected. Do not attempt to reconnect it.
Gas leak detection is the process to be conducted to avoid catastrophic consequences for humans, infrastructure and the environment. Detection methods and equipment have to be applied and used for this purpose. Odorants, sound, vegetation, fungus-like growth and soap are methods used to detect gas leaks. Adding odorants requires special tools named odorizers, which can be either single-unit wick odorizers or bypass type odorizers. Tests have to be conducted to monitor odorizers and the follow-up odorization techniques. Once you have done this, and as long as there is still no danger, you should turn your gas supply off at the meter using the emergency control valve. In most modern properties, this will be located in the meter box on the outside of the property. Competent gas detection can be the difference between life and death. Make sure everyone in your house is aware of the dangers of gas leaks to ensure the safety and longevity of your house and family.