How to Test for a Gas Leak

Gas Leak Longview TXNatural gas is one of the safest, most efficient, and useful sources of available energy. More than half of US households use natural gas daily to perform a variety of important tasks. That said, an improperly installed or maintained gas line can be extremely hazardous if left untreated.

Gas leaks are not something to put off or take lightly. Allowing a gas leak to linger can make your home dangerously toxic, potentially flammable, and in the worst of cases, result in an explosion. If you suspect you have a gas leak in your home, turn off the pilot light or gas meter immediately. Then, contact a professional. Bird Dog Plumbing in Longview, TX has help hundreds of homeowners track down and repair gas leaks before those leaks had the opportunity to cause real damage.

While gas leak repair should always be left to the professionals, for your safety and the safety of others, you should systematically review the following list which highlights the most common indications of a potentially dangerous leak:

  • Hissing or Whistling Sound: Listen for subtle noise near the gas pipe, while remaining completely still and quiet. This may indicate a leak. However, be careful when pinpointing the exact source of the sound. It can be difficult to rely exclusively on this sound when determining whether or not a leak exists.
  • Potent Oder: Even though gas is naturally odorless, suppliers add a potent rotten egg odor to alert occupants of a potentially dangerous leak. Smelling an overwhelming scent similar to rotten eggs or sulfur in your home can indicate the presence of a leak.
  • Visible Gas line Damage: If your gas line or connection is visible, try to locate a point where the hose may have broken or worn down enough to cause a leak.
  • Change in Flame Color: A gas stove burner should generally produce a blue flame that indicates enough oxygen in the air for the gas to combust. An orange or red flame, even after the stove is lit, can be problematic.
  • Trouble With Indoor Plants: If indoor plants are struggling to grow, continually wilting or dying, a gas leak may be the culprit.

Any of these common signs of a gas leak requires the immediate support of a professional that can work to safely resolve the issue. Never take chances when it comes to a gas leak. For more information on gas line repairs, leak-tests, or re-piping jobs, make sure to contact the experts at Bird Dog Plumbing in Longview, TX.