Gas Smell in Your Home
Do You Smell Rotten Eggs or Sewer Gas in Your Home?
Natural gas is a safe, reliable and affordable energy source for your home. But a gas leak can cause serious problems if not detected and corrected quickly. Natural gas is odorless and colorless. Gas companies add a sulfur, or rotten egg, smell to make it easily detectible. The smell could be sewer gas, or it could be something more dangerous. If you suspect a gas leak, call the experts at Thousand Oaks Plumbing immediately!
Signs of a Gas Leak
- Smell of sulfur or rotten eggs
- Hissing or whistling sound near a gas line
- White cloud or dust cloud near a gas line
- Unusually high gas bills
- Bubbles in water
- Visible damage to a gas pipe
- Dead houseplants or landscaping around the gas line
- Nausea, headaches, difficulty breathing, chest pain
- Fatigue or depression
- Loss of appetite
- Nose bleeds, dizziness or ringing in ears
- Flu-like symptoms
What Causes a Gas Leak?
Here are some of the most common reasons for gas leak:
Stove Burners or Fireplace Left On
If the smell of gas is in your kitchen, be sure the stove or range wasn’t accidentally left on. If you have a gas fireplace, check to see if the valve is open.
Gas-using appliances such as the stove, oven, dryer, water heater or fireplace may have worn-out seals or corroded or damaged pipes that are causing the leak.
If the fittings around gas lines are damaged or worn out, they need to be replaced.
Leaky or Broken Gas Line
A cracked, leaky or broken gas line under your home can allow gas to slowly seep into your home.
Lack of Ventilation
If your home’s exhaust fan isn’t operating properly, gas and carbon monoxide levels can reach dangerous levels.
Do I Need a Plumber?
If you are handy, you might be able to repair simple problems like a loose screw or damaged washer. But there are many different types of faucets and each one operates different and requires unique parts. The best way to get your leaking or dripping faucet fixed is to enlist the help of a professional plumber.