Whether your home is new or old, gases can leak into your living space and make it difficult to live comfortably. Dangerous gases inside your house can wreak havoc on your family's health, and it's not always easy to detect their presence. While you may be able to smell some gas leaks, others are nearly impossible to discover. Here's what to know if your house has a gas leak and what you should do about it.
Natural gas is the most common gas that can leak in homes because appliances like stoves, dryers, water heaters, and furnaces run on it. Natural gas doesn't have an odor, but gas companies add a smell to ensure easy detection. Keep a look out for these signs of a natural gas leak.
Although natural gas doesn't have an odor, the frequently added smell resembles sulfur or rotten eggs. If you smell rotten eggs inside your home, there's a chance you have a natural gas leak from an appliance.
Just as natural gas can be detrimental to your health, it can also ruin your house plants. If you notice browning or dying plants, you may have a gas leak.
If you notice a hissing sound coming from a gas-powered appliance, it's a telltale sign of a gas leak. Hissing sounds indicate a larger leak, which can be extremely unsafe.
Aside from these signs of a leak, you may also experience physical symptoms. Natural gas exposure is a strong possibility if you have a combination of the following symptoms:
• Shortness of breath
• Chest pain
• Ear, nose, or throat pain
• Mood changes
Even though natural gas leaks are the most common, they aren't any less dangerous. If you notice these signs and symptoms, evacuate your home immediately and call 911.
Radon gas is different from other harmful gases in your home because it occurs naturally, meaning it doesn't come from an appliance. Instead, radon comes from the natural decay of uranium in soil and rocks. Unfortunately, radon gas is undetectable by human senses; therefore, testing is the only way to know if your home has high levels.
The effects of this gas are harmful to your health; the fact that it's a leading cause of lung cancer is just one of the unique things to know about radon gas. Because it's odorless, tasteless, transparent, and causes no immediate symptoms, you should test your home for radon at least every two years and proceed accordingly.
Carbon Monoxide Gas
Carbon monoxide gas is another common type of leak within homes, and it's also impossible to detect with your senses. Fortunately, many smoke detectors are also equipped to detect carbon monoxide. However, you may experience these symptoms as a result of excessive exposure:
• Blurred vision
After learning what to know if your house has a gas leak, you'll be better prepared to handle the situation. If you think your home has any of these leaks, evacuate first and ask questions later.
Marla Stone, MSW REALTOR® License ID: 01823712 Nora Gallogly Group Beverly & Co. DRE#02078273 i-deal-lifestyle.com | Direct (949) 709-7000 | Connect with Marla on Instagram & Facebook! Marla is the Author of The Clutter Remedy: A Guide To Getting Organized For Those Who Love Their Stuff
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