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What to do when a Gas Leak is Detected

2018-06-21 00:04:41

Suspecting that you have a gas leak at home can be quite frightening. Gas leaks have the potential to become extremely hazardous – they can cause fires, explosions and even carbon monoxide poisoning if not dealt with immediately.

Here are our tips on how to detect a gas leak, and what to do when you discover one.

Residential Gas Leak

A residential gas leak can be caused by a faulty, poorly installed or badly maintained appliance. A poorly fitted gas appliance may lead to gas escaping from the lead hose, causing the leak. And you should always be wary of older, or second-hand gas appliances. You may encounter these if you’ve just moved into a new house or are renting in an older property.

How to detect a Gas Leak

First and foremost, people tend to smell gas. This odour is manually added so that leaks can be detected. It has a distinct, sulphur-type smell that typically reminds people of rotten eggs. You could also end up feeling lightheaded, dizzy or nauseous, which can be signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. If this happens to you, go outside to get fresh air and seek medical attention.

What to do about a gas leak

If you suspect a gas leak, turn off the gas supply immediately if it is safe to do so. Don’t light any matches or candles, or smoke cigarettes in the area. Open windows and doors for maximum ventilation. You want air flow to carry the leaking gas out of the immediate area. Refrain from using any electrical switches in the vicinity, as any unexpected spark could lead to an explosion.  Then call a professional.

At Watermark Plumbing, we also cater to Sydney based gas leak problems. We are licensed gas fitters, and we offer 24 hour guaranteed same day emergency service. Call us on 1300 627 586

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