There are numerous household appliances and systems that run on gas or propane, and most homes today have at least one. The odds that they will develop a gas leak are slim, but it is possible.
During winter, the use of furnaces and gas fireplaces increases the potential for leaks. We’ll explain what appliances might leak, how to detect them, and what to do should you suspect a gas or propane leak.
Gas Appliances and Systems That May Leak
Essentially, anything in the home that runs off gas can leak. However, there can also be leaks in the gas lines underground. Indoor appliances that may leak include:
- Gas Stoves
- Water Heaters
- Gas Dryers
- Gas Fireplaces
How Will I Know If I Possibly Have a Gas Leak?
There are a few telltale signs of gas leaks in and around the home.
Dead Greenery and Plants
If you see dead grass or vegetation concentrated in a line outdoors, there may be a leaking gas pipe underground. This is not an issue to ignore, and a professional should be called right away to avoid a possible explosion.
Hissing or Odd Sounds
These issues tend to lead to HVAC or furnace problems but could also be due to refrigerant leaks. Hissing from the heating system likely indicates a serious leak. These issues should be addressed as soon as possible.
The Smell of Rotten Eggs
Propane and natural gas smell distinctly unpleasant for a good reason: safety. Unlike odorless carbon monoxide, gas has mercaptan added to it that increases the chances of occupants detecting and taking immediate action.
White Fog or Mist
Any signs of mist or white fog inside or outside of your property might indicate a ruptured gas line. Leave the home and call the gas company immediately.
The Bubble Test
We don’t recommend doing this unless you are familiar with gas systems. You can mix a dab of dish soap into some water and sponge it on the suspected leak zone. If bubbles form, a leak is present. There are also sprays for this that professionals use.
If You Suspect a Gas Leak…
- Don’t turn off the gas or attempt to find the source of leaks.
- Open up doors and windows.
- Get out immediately with your pets and move some distance away from the home.
- Never use any electricity, combustible devices, or appliances or attempt to start an automobile.
- Call the gas company or the fire department right away.
It’s not a good idea to attempt DIY repairs when it comes to gas, so call in an experienced professional.
Got Gas? Let Knight’s Mechanical Help You Repair and Prevent Leaks
Our experienced professionals can identify leak sources, make repairs, and re-pipe as needed. We make it easy to prevent gas leaks with our preventive maintenance plans. Prevention is the key to safety. Contact us at Knight’s Mechanical today to learn more about our services and plans.