A gas line leak can be a serious threat to your home. If you think that you are in need of an inspection or a repair, call Stephens today.
The quick detection of gas leaks is very important to your safety because they could be incredibly dangerous. Thankfully we are here to help and instruct you through these situations. Our technicians will leave your gas line in top-notch condition thanks to our experience.
There are a few signs that indicate a home’s gas leak, some of which can appear both inside and outside of the home. If the smell of gas is within the home, or if there is a hissing sound around an appliance that uses gas, then there is likely a gas leak.
Signs appearing outside of the home include plants that seem to be affected by wind that can’t be felt elsewhere. This could be the air escaping from the gas pipe. Another sign is odd bubbling in areas around the house that are very moist, and plants in a specific area that are dying for no apparent reason. Any of these signs could help the homeowner find an area where a gas leak might exist. It will be easy to look for bubbles that will identify the precise location of a leak by wetting the area of the pipe where the gas leak is suspected to be using soapy water.
When a person is exposed to higher levels of carbon monoxide for an extended period of time carbon monoxide poisoning can occur. This particularly difficult to detect gas binds to the hemoglobin in the blood when it is inhaled. Hemoglobin is found in red blood cells, which are the cells that carry oxygen from your heart to the rest of your body.
When this happens, they will instead be transporting carbon monoxide through the body. This deprives your body of the oxygen that it needs to survive. Poisoning at low levels results in symptoms that are similar to those of a flu.
Levels of high exposure could lead to permanent heart and brain damage, and even loss of consciousness. It is advised to have a carbon monoxide detector at home to keep these situations from happening.
The easiest way to maintain gas lines is to hire a professional natural gas piping company to inspect your pipes regularly. A number of different unsafe conditions will be looked for when the pipes are inspected, including leaks resulting from extensive use of the pipes and rusting.
These issues will be repaired immediately, which will allow the system to remain as safe as possible and prevent the spread of carbon monoxide as well as other dangerous gasses. Professionals should be hired to inspect the natural gas lines that are located underground regularly as they will have all of the tools required to detect a leak.
To learn more about gas line leaks or to schedule an inspection, call Stephens today.