Understanding Gas Leaks Can Save Your Life

Understanding Gas Leaks Can Save Your Life

More than 50% of American households use natural gas as their primary heating source, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The gas lines to your Sugar Land, TX, home supply a clean and efficient source of energy for your heating system and gas appliances. If a gas leak should occur, however, it’s critical to take immediate action to address the problem.

Natural gas is highly combustible as well as potentially toxic. If you suspect that your gas line is leaking, contacting a quality Sugar Land plumber at Trademark Home Services could save your life.

Potentially Life-Threatening Hazards

Your gas company adds an unpleasant odor to natural gas to help alert you to the presence of a leak. If you smell the characteristic rotten egg odor of natural gas, it’s imperative to respond quickly. A buildup of the gas in your home can result in a deadly explosion.

Outside of your home, a natural gas leak may emit a hissing sound coming from the gas meter or from a pipe line. Dying vegetation or changes in garden soil around your home can also indicate the presence of a leak.

Because carbon monoxide is produced during the combustion process, a malfunctioning gas-burning heater or appliance can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide poisoning as well. Carbon monoxide robs the body of oxygen. Short term or low level exposure of the gas results in flu-like symptoms, which disappear once the affected person begins breathing normal air. However, breathing in too much carbon monoxide can result in unconsciousness and even death.

Getting Help

Although your local gas utility is in charge of maintaining the lines carrying natural gas to your home’s meter, if you own the property, you’re responsible for any necessary gas line repair or maintenance of your side of the meter. This includes all the piping that delivers gas to home heaters, appliances, barbecues, and pool or spa heaters. Utility companies recommend that you immediately contact a qualified contractor for an emergency plumbing repair service in Sugar Land.

Gas lines are subject to corrosion that can lead to dangerous leaks. Leaks in gas lines are easily preventable, however. By making sure that the lines are regularly inspected and serviced by the experts at Trademark Home Services, you’ll protect your property and ensure your family’s safety. To schedule an inspection or gas line repair, call us today at (281) 819-5852.