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4 Common Signs of a Gas Leak

Dying Plants

Natural gas isn’t great for your plants. Why is this? Natural gas causes air to be displaced from the leaves that need it, essentially choking the plant. If your gas leak is underground, it's not uncommon to see browning grass or dead patches. You should be checking on the health of your plants anyways, but this is another great reason to.

Smelling Sulfur

Natural gas like carbon monoxide is invisible and odorless, so how does the smell of sulfur equal a gas leak? The reason is simple. Gas companies inject the gas they supply to your home with a chemical called mercaptan that makes that rotten egg smell.

If you notice the smell in your home and there is a possibility that it could from a propane appliance, give us a call and we can fix it for you.

Physical Symptoms

Human beings and animals aren’t meant to breathe in natural gas. These are some of the physical responses a gas leak can cause in you, your family members, or your pets.

  • Headaches

  • Nausea

  • Dizziness

  • Tiredness

  • Shortness of Breath

While there are plenty of causes to these symptoms, if you’re noticing them in multiple members of your household, it very well could be a gas leak.

CO Detector

Carbon Monoxide is a common byproduct of gas-burning appliances. If there are leaks in your gas lines coming from these appliances, your family may be at risk. You should install CO detectors to monitor the presence of the gas. Since it is a byproduct, there is no added smell from your utility. This means you need to rely on your CO monitor to tell if the colorless, odorless gas is in your home.

If you suspect a gas leak has developed in your home, give us a call at (585) 271-7150 or fill out an online contact form and we’ll come and take a look.

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