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Do I Have a Gas Leak?

gas-burnerNatural gas is, without question, one of the greatest resources that we have at our disposal. Natural gas is affordable. It is largely a domestic product, allowing us to scale back our reliance on foreign oil. It is also versatile, used in heating systems, ovens/ranges, water heaters, and even clothes dryers. What it is not, however, is 100% safe. No fuel is, which is why so many safety precautions are put in place for various fuels and the systems that use them.

Any time that you are dealing with a combustible fuel, there is the potential for a dangerous situation to develop. A gas leak is certainly a prime example of one such situation. The “good” news here is that there are many different warning signs that can alert you to such a problem in your home or on your property.

Warning Signs to Look Out For

Well, “look” out for may be overly specific. As you’ll learn below, sight is not the only sense that can help you to identify a gas leak. Regardless, remember that any of these warnings signs could suggest that you are not using gas safely in or around your property.

  • Flickering/yellow pilot lights. Your pilot lights on any appliances that still use a standing pilot should not be yellow or flickering as if a breeze is passing through them. They should be a steady, constant blue. Any variation on that could indicate a leak. It could also be an issue with the appliance itself.
  • The sulfuric stench of natural gas. Did you know that natural gas is, in its natural state, completely without an odor? That rotten egg smell that we associate with natural gas is actually an additive. Its purpose is to alert homeowners to a gas leak, and it really is tough to miss in the house.
  • Hissing around your gas connection. That’s right. In some cases you can actually hear a gas leak! If you hear an odd hissing, particularly in conjunction with the aforementioned stink, then a gas leak is a probable source.
  • Yellowing vegetation in the yard. Even if you don’t particularly have a green thumb, you will probably notice if your yard develops yellow, dying spots of vegetation. Maybe shrubs or bushes will die, too. If these plants are in the vicinity of your gas line, they could be being poisoned by your gas line.
  • Dirt blowing up into the air. This is not necessarily the most obvious or common sign of a gas leak, but it could indicate the problem nonetheless. If you notice dirt blowing up into the air in your yard, don’t just assume that it is some odd natural phenomenon. It could be the result of the pressure of a gas leak beneath the soil.

Do not trick yourself into believing that there is something called  a “minor” gas leak. Any gas leak is cause for serious concern. You can trust The Sunny Plumber to resolve any gas line issues that you may encounter. If you suspect that there is a problem of any kind with your gas line in Phoenix, AZ, contact a member of our team right away.

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