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The Dangers Of Gas Line Leaks

Jul 30th 2015 at 11:27 PM

Gas line leaks are not something to be taken lightly. A leak can create a highly dangerous situation.

For many homes, natural gas is a must have. It heats the home and is used to operate everything from water heaters to ovens to clothes dryers. It is kind of difficult to get around using it if your home is reliant on it. This is why it is very important to understand the risks associated with its use, specifically, the dangers of gas line leaks.

Usually natural gas is perfectly safe when it is sealed and running through pipes. It is only when there is a leak in the pipe that it becomes dangerous. It is highly flammable, meaning any spark will cause it to set on fire and possibly explode. It also can make anyone enclosed in the area with the leak very sick.

Leaks are not common, but it is important to know that when one occurs, it creates a very dangerous situation. Gas explosions and fires can take out large areas and flatten homes or anything else in the way.

It is important to be aware of what a gas leak smells like. Companies add a special scent to it because naturally it is odorless. The chemical added to produce the scent is called mercaptan, which smells like rotten eggs or sulfur. This added chemical smell helps to prevent many of the problems that could occur because it is easy to recognize and usually noticed before anything bad can happen.

In order to prevent gas leaks, you need to be aware and follow all safety rules when working around natural gas lines. Companies and government agencies have special phones numbers you can call before digging to ensure there are no natural gas lines in the area. Digging into a line is one of the main causes for gas line leaks. It is easy to prevent, so people are always reminded to call before they dig. Also, you should be alert and aware inside your home. If you smell the rotten egg scent, call your gas company right away. They will send someone out to look at it and ensure you don’t have a leak.

If you think you have a leak, you should leave the area and call for help immediately. It is also important to not smoke or use electrical appliances, which can produce a small spark that can ignite the gas. Don’t attempt repairs on your own, either. Wait for professional help.

Gas line leaks are not something to be taken lightly. The results of a leak can be deadly. It is best to leave repairs to professionals. Find out more about gas line repairs in Solana Beach here.

Author Bio

Bob puts his many years of plumbing experience to good use by writing on various plumbing topics on his blog at easy plumbing blog.

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