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How to Detect a Gas Leak in Your New Home

Sep 30, 2023

How to Detect a Gas Leak in Your New Home

Gas leaks are extremely common in the U.S. Statistics show that at least one gas leak incident occurs every two days across the U.S. A gas leak is a serious safety hazard that should not be ignored. You’ve probably heard the horror stories of families that have lost their loved ones in gas leak explosions and asphyxiation. That’s why you need to know how to detect a gas leak in your home and what to do. At Sunshine Plumbers, we are experts in gas line repair and replacement. With our industry experience, we know the signs of a gas leak and how they can be fixed.

Here are seven ways to detect a gas leak in your home:

  • Install a Gas Leak Detector

A reliable way to detect gas leaks is by installing a gas leak detector. This device can sense even minor gas leaks and provide immediate alerts. It operates using various technologies to identify potentially harmful gas concentrations.

  • Check for a Sulfur or Rotten Egg Smell

Natural gas is odorless, but gas companies add a distinctive sulfur or rotten egg odor to help detect leaks. If you smell this odor, it's a clear sign of a gas leak.

  • Listen for a Whistling or Hissing Noise

Gas escaping from a pipe or connection can produce a hissing or whistling sound. If you hear unusual noises near a gas appliance or line, you could be having a gas leak.

  • Monitor Gas Usage

Keep an eye on your gas meter. If you notice an unexpected increase in gas usage when your appliances are off, it could indicate a leak.

  • The Soapy Water Test

Create a soapy water solution and apply it to gas connections, such as valves, fittings, and hoses. If bubbles form, it indicates a leak, and you should turn off the gas supply immediately.

  • Check the Stove Top

When not in use, your stove burners should not emit gas. If you see or smell gas around the stove, it's a sign of a leak. Another way you can detect a gas leak through the stove top is to check the color of the flame. If it’s orange or red in color, there’s a high chance of a gas leak.

  • Visible Damage to a Gas Line Connection

Inspect visible gas lines and connections for signs of wear, corrosion, or damage. Any visible issues should be addressed promptly by a professional.

What to Do If You Find a Gas Leak

Prioritize safety above everything else. Do not use any open flames, electrical switches, appliances, or devices that could create sparks or flames. This includes avoiding lighting matches or cigarettes. If it's safe to do so, turn off the gas supply at the main gas shutoff valve and evacuate the building. Call 911 or a trusted gas plumber from a safe location. Do not attempt to repair the gas leak yourself, as it’s risky and you could worsen the situation. You should leave all gas-related repairs to a qualified plumbing service.

When you’re in need of reliable gas line repair or replacement, call Sunshine Plumbers. We have the skills, experience, and advanced equipment to handle gas line repair efficiently and effectively without compromising your safety and quality.