You live a busy life full of family time, work, and being with friends. The last thing you are thinking about is a gas detector for your home. However, maybe you should. Gas leaks are more common than you think. According to the American Gas Associations, over 73 million residential, commercial, and industrial premises in the United States use natural gas. If that many people use natural gas, a gas leak is bound to happen. Although there are many signs and symptoms that can make you aware of a gas leak in your home, sometimes it may be too late. That’s why installing a detector in your home is the best way to make sure your family and home is safe.
Gas Leak Detectors
Of course, the easiest way to detect a gas leak in your home is through a detector that specializes in finding natural gas leaks in your home. Gas detectors measure the concentration of certain gases in the air. When the levels aren’t even, it tells you right away. This allows you to fix the problem and divert the underlying issues that could end in damage, or worse, an explosion. The places where natural gas is most present are the best places to place your detector. The most common places are the kitchen, basement, or water heater area. These places allow the gas detector to work its best and most efficient.
Listen to Your Body
Not everyone has the money or time for a gas leak detector. The easiest way to detect a gas leak in your home is to stay alert and listen to your body. The most common sign is a smell of overpowering sulfur. The minute you detect this abnormal and awful smell turn off the gas meter and call your gas company.
Along with this terrible smell, you might feel cold or flu symptoms. With the smell and symptoms combined, it may be because of a gas leak. The most common symptoms include breathing difficulties, ringing in ears, nausea, headaches and lightheadedness, eye irritation, and frequent nosebleeds. Most importantly, those with asthma may be the first to suffer from the gas leak in your home.
Something Doesn’t Sound Right
Another thing you should be on the lookout for is a powerful hissing or whistling sound. While this is a sound of a leak of some sort, it may not always be gas. But at first, always assume a potential gas leak. If you hear that sound check your gas tank. Are there bubbles, dust, or a “cloud” in standing water? Because if there is, you definitely want to get your gas meter checked immediately. Also pay attention to your surroundings by looking for visible damage to a gas line connection. Even more simply, make sure your plants aren't suddenly dying. By staying alert you can protect your home from a gas leak.
Gas leaks are scary, but with the right monitoring systems, you don't have to worry about them as much. At the very least, you know what to be aware of. Contact us for all your security needs.