Natural gas is a safe and convenient resource when it is used correctly and installed properly. However, leaks can occur which can manifest physical symptoms and in some instances the gas can produce carbon monoxide poisoning that dangerously affects people and pets. Today, we at Absolute Plumbing & Mechanical would like to discuss gas leaks.
Gas Leak Detection
Natural gas is highly flammable, it can easily ignite and result in fires and explosions. If anyone suspects a gas leak it is crucial you evacuate the home or building immediately, call 911, the local fire department, or the emergency assistance. Absolute Plumbing & Mechanical can be contacted for gas leak detection.
Signs of Gas Leak in House & Yard
Gas leaks can potentially cause indoor house plants to die. Though natural gas does not have a smell, the utility companies have tried to add the odor of rotten egg or sulfur smell for early detection purposes. Additionally, you may hear hissing or whistling sounds around the gas line, observe a white or dust-looking cloud near the gas line. If the leak is in the water, you may see the water bubble, notice a damaged gas pipe or notice an abnormal increase gas bill.
Can a Gas Leak Make You Sick? Health Symptoms of Exposure
Physical symptoms are typically the result of the gas reducing the amount of oxygen in the air. Such symptoms can include the following in people:
– Difficulty breathing
– fatigue or drowsiness
– feeling lightheaded
– flu-like symptoms
– eyes and throat irritation
– mood changes, including depression
– pains in the chest
– pale skin or blistering (with direct contact with gas)
– reduced appetite
– ringing in the ears
Pets can also experience some physical symptoms when there is a gas leak. Pet symptoms can be problems with breathing, behavior or mood changes, disorientation, lethargy, loss of appetite, sore throat, watering and red eyes, vomiting, and extreme exposure to gas can cause pets to fall unconscious or it can even be fatal.
Gas Leak Carbon Monoxide
When gas burns incompletely it emits carbon monoxide, which is an invisible, odorless, and tasteless toxic gas. Similar symptoms to natural gas can occur when exposed to carbon dioxide. Emergency medical treatment is crucial as exposure to carbon dioxide can be fatal. Additional symptoms can include abdominal pain, chest pain, loss of muscle control and bright red lips with pink skin.
What to Do if There is a Gas Leak in Your House
If there is a gas leak, as mentioned before, promptly evacuate the home of all people and pets. Leave the doors open and from outside, call the emergency personnel. Do not make the phone calls from inside as the gas can ignite, leading to a fire or explosion. If anyone or any of your pets is experiencing mild symptoms, be sure they receive medical treatment. In the event the symptoms are moderate to severe, call for an ambulance or immediately take the individuals to the hospital’s emergency room.
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If you suspect a gas leak, call Absolute Plumbing & Mechanical, our specialists can locate a leak and once it is located make the proper repairs to ensure your home is safe. Contact us for all your plumbing needs!