Gas line breaks are no joke. Natural gas is extremely flammable and can cause you to lose your home to fire or an explosion. A gas leak can also make you physically ill, causing headaches, nausea, or dizziness.
Because of the dangers associated with natural gas, a strong odor was added to help homeowners detect when it is present. If you smell a foul odor (almost sulfuric in nature) in your home, you may be in need of gas line repair. Before you start to worry, remember that the most important thing to do in emergency situations is to STAY CALM. To help with this, we’ve put together some steps that will help you keep your cool if you ever suspect you may be in need of gas line repair.
1. Rule out simple things first. If you have a gas stove top, check to make sure all the burners are in the off position. Check the pilot light on your gas fireplace to see if it has gone out.
2. Avoid any open flames. Don’t use lighters, candles, etc. Also avoid using appliances or switching lights on or off. Don’t even use your phone in your home. You want to avoid anything that may spark a fire or explosion.
3. Open windows in your house to allow air circulation and for the gas to escape. Pay attention to how family members or pets may be feeling or acting. If they are experiencing dizziness, drowsiness, or feeling lightheaded they may not be getting enough oxygen.
4. Leave your home as soon as possible. Call your local fire department or the emergency line for your utility company to have them come check it out. They can make sure your home is safe to re-enter. If you do have a leak, they will be able to find it, so you can arrange for gas line repair right away.