A natural gas leak is a very dangerous situation. Gas leaks have caused explosions, house fires and deaths in Brooklyn. So, it’s important take them seriously.
Natural gas contains an additive that smells like rotten eggs. If you smell rotten eggs, you need to have it investigated. If you hear a hissing sound coming from a gas line, see dead houseplants, see a white cloud or a dust cloud, or see a damaged gas pipe, these are all signs of a gas leak. Get out of the house and call 911 right away.
Natural gas can cause physical symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness or chest pains. If you are experiencing gas leak symptoms such as these and suspect you may have a small gas leak, open the windows and call the gas company. If you’re experiencing severe symptoms, you might have to go to the emergency room. Get your pets out of the house, too.
Depending on how big the gas leak is, the fire department or gas company will locate it, make sure your gas is turned off and will require repairs to the gas line or the gas-fired equipment connected to it before they will turn the gas back on. You should call the natural gas experts at Petri Plumbing & Heating to inspect and repair your gas lines and equipment.
Once the gas leak is found and repaired, take a few other steps to make sure that your family is safe around natural gas. Never store gasoline or other flammable liquids in your house. Buy a fire extinguisher. And make sure your carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries in them.
The experts at Petri Plumbing & Heating are dedicated to natural gas safety. When you need help with your gas lines or suspect you might have a gas leak, give us a call to service your gas heating and water heating equipment.