Gas Line Leakage

How to Detect Leakage in Your Gas Line

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Water leaks in the house are quite apparent and visible but gas leaks present an entirely different challenge. By the time we can figure out that the gas line is leaking, we have already lost a bucket full and the bill will be enough to give the strongest of us a minor shock. It can also have a negative effect on our health. To save yourself the trouble, you could give your plumber a call but in order to be sure, follow the following steps:

1.    Smell:

If you think you caught a whiff of something funny, then don’t dismiss it by declaring it as “nothing”. Most people describe the smell of gas as that of a rotten egg because of the smell that is purposefully added to the gas for the very reason. At once, check all your appliances and smell them; maybe it is a rotten egg or maybe it is the smell of gas leaking. In either case, make sure you check.

2.    Use The Soap Solution:

If the smelling trick doesn’t work but something still makes you suspicious, then use the soap solution. Mix a few drops of liquid soap and water together and then spread this solution all over the gas pipeline with special attention to the joints, as they are the most common spots of leakage. The small bubbles will indicate that the gas is indeed leaking.

3.    Look For The Tell-Tale Signs:

If you are still unsure about the gas leak then you can use the following tell-tale signs as your last resort:
  • If your stove is suddenly giving you a dark blue flame instead of the normal orange and yellow one.
  • Gas leakage also forms condensation on glass, so look closely.
  • If you suddenly begin to feel lightheaded, nauseous, dizzy or ill for no reason at all, then go leave the room you are in and go in an area where there is fresh air. If you instantly begin to feel better, know that the gas is leaking.