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Gas Leak Detection and General Safety

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Gas Leak Detection and General Safety

There are many plumbing emergencies that can happen in your household. One of the most dangerous plumbing complications that could ever occur is gas leaks. Explosions in the house are more likely to occur if there are fire hazards in the house. You see, only a small friction or mishap is needed for the gas leak to cause an explosion. Another hazardous effect of gas leak is carbon monoxide poisoning. It is truly frightening to have a gas leak in your home. Protect yourself and everyone in your household. Learn some tips on gas leak detection and general safety below.

Detecting a gas leak

There is a basic and safety feature for homes that use natural gas. You see, natural gas is added with mercaptan to make it detectable in case a leak ever happens. Natural gas itself doesn’t produce any sort of odour which makes detection impossible. Mercaptan is a harmless chemical that contains sulphur and also produces odour. Many people describe the odour as the same with rotten eggs. By adding mercaptan to natural gas, the homeowner will be able to smell the rotten egg odour if a leak happens. This is an effective means to detect a gas leak but there are other signs that you need to be wary of. You can also install gas leak detection devices for additional safety.

Possible signs of a gas leak:

  • Feeling lightheaded and nauseous

If you ever feel groggy and nauseous then you must go outside your house as soon as possible. In case these odd effects dissipate and you feel better; then it’s most likely there was a gas leak — and you were most likely experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • The flames of your gas appliance is yellow or orange

You want your gas appliance to produce blue flames. Another sign of a gas leak is when the flames of your gas appliance have turned yellow or orange. If this happens, have your gas line checked.

  • There are black or brown patches on your gas fixtures

Check your gas appliances’ exterior for black or brown patches once in a while. If you do see these coloured patches then you have a gas leak in your household.

What to do after detecting a gas leak?

Staying in a house that has a gas leak is too dangerous. Not only is there a threat of explosion but also poisoning. Avoid using electrical devices whether they’re plugged in or not, as the spark can ignite and cause an explosion. Additionally, you shouldn’t use any type of lighter. Aside from that, you shouldn’t start the car due to possible ignition. Keep a long distance away from the house before calling an emergency hotline.  

Preventing a gas leak

The reason why gas leaks happen is due to gas lines being installed incorrectly or the gas-based fixtures and gas lines are just old and damaged. If you need to get your gas line installed, repaired, or inspected; be sure to have a licensed professional to do it. Having an unlicensed plumber or substandard gas engineer conduct the installations and repairs, may result with a lower standard of work.

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Dr. DRiP Sydney Plumbers were established in 2000, and today is one of Sydney’s fastest growing and most reputable maintenance plumbing companies. We specialise in rapid response emergency plumbing maintenance. Dr. DRiP’s head office is located in Mona Vale, however we provide a plumbing service to all areas of Sydney.

Owned and operated by Andrew Smith, Dr. DRiP offers a complete 24 hour 7 day a week service. We have 8 mobile work vehicles ready for immediate response. Each vehicle carries a comprehensive range of the latest technology and inventory to ensure most jobs can be completed on the spot, which is a great cost savings for our customers.

Dr. DRiP has built and maintains a loyal customer base, which includes domestic, commercial, real estate, strata, government and corporate companies. We initially became established throughout the Northern Beaches in Sydney and quickly built a strong reputation based on our high level of service, commitment to our customers and our professional expertise. We have since grown into a well-recognised and ethical plumbing company that services the entire Sydney region.

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