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Dangers of Gas Leaks

on February 2, 2018

A gas leak in a residential home is a very serious problem that must be dealt with immediately. Gas leaks result in hundreds of deaths every year, and many more people fall ill because of exposure to natural gas leaks. It’s vital to understand the signs that point to a gas leak so you are prepared to protect yourself and your family in case of a leak. The experts at Mainstream Electric, Heating  & Cooling have compiled some essential tips for dealing with these emergencies.

Potential Signs of a Gas Leak

Being aware of potential signs can help determine a potential gas leak. Natural gas on its own is odorless, but a chemical is added to the gas with the sole purpose of alerting you that there is a leak. This chemical is called mercaptan, and it happens to smell very similar to rotten eggs, and has also been described as having a garlic-like scent. The odor is strong and not particularly pleasant, but should alert you that something is wrong. Beyond just the smell, you may notice dirt or dust blowing in a space where there is no wind or breeze. If there is a leak in a natural gas line, it means air is rushing out and will cause a disturbance near the leak. The leak may also make a noise. Sometimes leaks can cause a hissing sound similar to wind blowing, or a hissing sound may come from an appliance that is connected to the gas line, like a washer, dryer or most commonly a gas stove. If you suspect a leak, leave your home immediately and call us at Mainstream Electric. Our technicians can determine if there is a leak and help fix the problem.

Dangers To Your Home 

The level of danger to your home in the event of a gas leak depends on the size of the leak. Natural gas is highly combustible, and if there is any kind of spark that occurs in your home it could lead to a potential fire or even explosion. The spark could ignite from something as simple as turning on the TV or flipping a light switch. No matter what size of leak you are dealing with, gas leaks are incredibly dangerous and should not be taken lightly. If you suspect you have a gas leak in your home, leave immediately and call for help. We are equipped to deal with this kind of emergency 24/7 so do not hesitate and let us help keep your home safe from the dangers of a potential gas leak.

Dangers To Your Health

When working correctly in the home as intended, natural gas is safe and does not cause side effects. It’s when there is a leak and you actually begin to inhale the toxic gas that things can become serious very quickly. Inhaling natural gas in small amounts can cause headaches and nausea, and these symptoms increase in their severity with greater exposure to the natural gas. When natural gas doesn’t burn properly it begins to emit carbon dioxide, and this is when the situation becomes dangerous. Exposure to carbon monoxide causes headaches, dizziness, nausea, exhaustion, blurry vision and more. If you have the slightest suspicion there could be a natural gas leak in your home, it’s important that you leave at once and call a professional. At Mainstream Electric we are here to help and offer emergency services for these types of issues.

Natural gas is very safe as your lines are properly functioning and there are no leaks. If you suspect a leak or want your pipes inspected for a potential gas leak, call us at Mainstream Electric. Our technicians can determine if there is a leak and have the problem quickly repaired. We are available for any emergency services or general appointments, so call us today at 866-411-9277.