Gas leaks can be difficult to detect, but a chemical added to natural gas to create an odor has made it much easier. If a leak is not discovered in time, it could lead to an explosion or make anyone present on the property extremely sick. Pay attention to sights, sounds, and smells to determine if gas is leaking inside or outside your home or business.
Be aware of smells. Although odorless, a chemical is added to natural gas so it can be detected. An indoor gas leak can smell like rotten eggs. Many gas companies give customers a scent card with a scratch-and-sniff flame. Request one from your natural gas provider so you can recognize the distinctive gas odor.
Listen for sounds. Strange noises coming from your gas equipment can indicate an indoor gas leak. A hissing or high-pitched sound like a whistle have been described in outdoor gas leak cases.
Be aware of your environment. Be alert to dirt blowing in the air, which is indicative of a possible outdoor gas leak. If you spot bubbles coming from a wet area on the ground, this is another sign of a potential gas leak. If you are aware of the gas line location and notice discolored or dead vegetation nearby, this could also mean gas is leaking.
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