Gas leaks -- and suspected leaks -- should always be taken seriously and be inspected immediately. If left untreated, gas leaks can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning or can cause an explosion. To keep your family and your home safe, call for professional help at the first sign of a leak. For service in the Tallahassee, FL area, call Cooper’s Plumbing & Air for gas leak detection and repairs.
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Signs You Have a Gas Leak
To keep you and your family safe, it’s crucial to be able to detect a gas leak as soon as possible. Some signs that may indicate you have a leak -- and therefore need immediately professional services -- include:
- An unpleasant odor -- similar to that of rotten eggs -- in or around your home.
- Dead or dying vegetation in your yard or around your property.
- Excess condensation on your windows.
- Health issues that can include nausea, dizziness, fatigue or passing out.
- Any connections to gas-powered appliances that are damaged.
- A hissing or roaring sound hear your gas pipes.
- Any water or dirt in the air near the gas source.
What to Do if You Suspect You Have a Gas Leak
If you suspect you have a gas leak in your home, you need to take immediate action to ensure the safety of you and your family. Follow these steps in the event of a leak:
- Evacuate your property.
- Do not turn light switches on or off, as it can create a spark.
- Do not operate any electronics including cell phones.
- Do not ignite any flames, including a match or a candle.
- Open all of the doors and windows to allow air to circulate.
- Do not start your car, even if it is in the garage or parked near your home.
- Call emergency professionals and gas leak experts for help.
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Risks Associated With Gas Leaks
Gas leaks can be very dangerous and cause severe risks to your health and safety. Two of the biggest risks associated with gas leaks are an explosion and carbon monoxide poisoning. An explosion can be triggered by any spark near the gas leak. This can affect your home, as well as areas near it -- including other homes on your block. While explosions are typically rare, they are still a risk.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the most serious dangers associated with gas leaks. This can be dangerous because there are typically no symptoms for carbon monoxide poisoning. This substance is tasteless, so you might not know you are breathing it in. Symptoms to watch for include fatigue and nausea. If you suspect you have carbon monoxide poisoning you should immediately evacuate your home.