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What To Do If You Suspect a Gas Leak

Millions of commercial and residential buildings use natural gas. While manufacturers are constantly innovating their safety systems, the fact remains that gas is dangerous, and gas leaks can still occur. That’s why it’s important to know how to spot a gas leak and what to do if you suspect one.

How to Detect a Gas Leak

A gas leak is easy to notice if you know what to look for. Keep an eye out for:

  • Sulfur smell (rotten eggs)
  • Whistling or hissing noises near gas lines
  • Visibly damaged gas pipes
  • Bubbles in water
  • A cloud of white or dust near a gas line
  • Dead houseplants

You may also see physical gas leak symptoms in yourself and loved ones:

  • Dizziness/lightheadedness
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Nausea, fatigue and other flu-like symptoms
  • Irritation of skin, eyes and throat
  • Reduced appetite and mood changes
  • Nosebleeds and ringing ears

Your pets may show symptoms before you do because they’re smaller. If you notice symptoms similar to those above, vomiting, lethargy or disorientation in your pet, there could be a gas leak.

What should you do if there’s a leak?

Gas is extremely dangerous and explosive in large quantities, and it releases deadly carbon monoxide if it burns incompletely. If you find a gas leak, follow these steps:

  • Immediately evacuate the building, leaving doors open on your way out to increase airflow.
  • Stop all use of electronic devices, including phones, as actions as simple as turning light switches or devices on or off could ignite the gas.
  • Once outside, call 911, your local fire department or the emergency number for your utility company.
  • If anyone has experienced physical symptoms, seek medical treatment.
  • Once the gas has been turned off and the building is cleared for entry, call a gas plumber.

In the event of a gas leak, never search for the source, attempt to repair the leak, use or turn off electronics, keep doors and windows closed or neglect to report the situation.

Tips for Preventing Gas Leaks

To prevent gas leaks in the future, stay aware of gas leak symptoms and schedule regular inspections. Ensure proper ventilation throughout the building and install carbon monoxide detectors if you don’t already have them. Make sure you always have a fire extinguisher on-site, and never keep cleaning supplies and other chemicals near gas lines.

For more information or to schedule gas plumbing services, contact Parker & Sons Plumbing today.

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What Our Customers Say

Fast & Reliable

Very fast response. Reliable and even let us do some of the work to keep costs down. Really worked with us to sort through alternatives to find the best solution. I have used them about 5 years ago and will certainlycall them again if I ever need anything.

Roberta C.

Very Knowledgeable

I recently had several plumbing leaks repaired and couldn’t be happier with the prompt service I received from Parker and Sons. They are very knowledgeable, friendly, reasonably priced, and do quality work. I would definitely recommend them to my family and everyone. I would trust them to repair any leak in the house.

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Amazing Service!!!

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I was in good hands today with journeyman plumber Mark Rizley. He remained until all was better than before. He replaced a PRV and improved a mediocre repair recently done by another well known local company. The price remained reasonable despite the extra effort needed for the job. Well done Mark! Parker and Sons will be my first call in the future.

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Have used Parker & Sons 3 different times, once for a huge complex plumbing repair and twice for smaller jobs. Fair prices and excellent work/fast response time every time.

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