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What are the Signs of a Gas Leak?

Gas leaks are a terrifying experience to consider, but knowing the warning signs can be life-saving. Even if you take excellent care of your home, gas leaks can still happen to anyone. In addition to installing and maintaining a carbon monoxide detector, here are some signs of a gas leak you'll want to know.

Rotten Egg Smell

Gas companies infuse their supply with mercaptan, so homeowners can be alerted to a leak. Naturally odorless, gas leaks would be undetectable if it weren't for the foul smell the additive emits. Often compared to "rotten eggs," the smell of a gas leak is impossible to miss, and it's a clear sign that you need to evacuate the property and call your gas company immediately.

Feeling Sick

A gas leak will cause physical side-effects. Get out of the house immediately if you or your family members start to experience the following:

  • Headaches

  • Nausea

  • Trouble breathing

  • Tiredness and drowsiness

  • Flu-like symptoms

  • Dizziness

  • Ringing ears

  • Chest pain

Not only can a gas leak be fatal, but gas is also flammable under certain conditions — and you should avoid touching any light switches because a spark can lead to a fire.

Therefore, if you ever suspect a gas leak, the best thing to do is leave your home as quickly as possible and contact your gas company as soon as you’re outside. Additionally, contact our team so we can find the leak, with your gas company, and help repair your gas line. Most importantly: do not try to shut off your gas valves, just get you and your family to safety.

And if you run into any problems with your home’s plumbing, heating or cooling, and prefer to forgo the DIY route, our technicians are here to help. Visit our website to learn more about the services that we offer here at Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. or call (865) 518-7008 to speak with a representative directly.