Many Baton Rouge, LA residents rely on gas to heat their homes and provide them with fuel for cooking. And, while most residents operate gas safely for their entire lives, the fact is that gas is dangerous if it leaks into the house. At Cajun Maintenance, we have years of experience finding and fixing gas leaks throughout the Baton Rouge area. Call us if you suspect you have a leaking gas line.
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Dangers of Gas Leaks
As mentioned above, most homeowners use gas in their homes for years without incident. But, it’s that one time when something goes wrong that disaster can strike. It’s crucial to be aware of the dangers of using gas and know what to do when there’s a problem. Below are the most common dangers posed by gas leaks in the home.
Health Problems - Most gas leaks can be identified by the smell of rotten eggs that companies put in the gas to alert homeowners of its presence; however, you must also be aware of the health risks that come with leaking gas, such as:
- Ringing in your ears
- A reduction in appetite
- Chest pains
- Difficulty breathing
- Flu-like symptoms
If you experience any of the above symptoms, get medical attention promptly, and then call an experienced gas leak detection company like Cajun Maintenance for repairs.
If You Smell Gas
Although natural gas has no odor or color, gas companies add a chemical to give it the sulfur or rotten egg smell to alert people of leaks. If you smell gas in the house, there are steps you must take to keep your family and your property safe.
- Shut off-gas from coming into the house.
- Don’t turn on any lights or any electrical product.
- Don’t light candles, matches, or use a lighter.
- Open the windows to allow gas out and fresh air in.
- Get out of the house and call for help.
- Call a plumber to find and fix the problem ASAP.
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Signs You Need Gas Line Leak Repair
One of the most critical plumbing lines in your home is the gas line. The gas line provides the fuel you need for many of your home’s necessary functions, which is why the line must remain in good shape. However, as homes age, plumbing lines fail, which means you’ll probably need gas line replacement or repair eventually. Here are the most common signs you need help.
- Foul Odors: When you have the rotten egg smell in your home and can’t find out where it’s coming from, it could be a leak in the main gas line.
- Hissing Sounds: If you hear hissing noises are coming from your gas appliances or a gas line, the line may be ready for replacement.
- Dying Vegetation: If you see brown grass where your gas line runs, it’s likely a leak causing the problem.
- Rising Gas Bill: If you’ve been in your home for a while, you know what to expect your gas bill to be every month. However, if the bill spikes for no reason, it could be a leak.