How to Prevent Gas Leaks

Gas leaks can cause casualties and very serious injuries. From all the possible causes of gas leaks, the cheapest and easiest solution is to prevent the problem from happening at all and keeping emergency plumbing services at speed-dial.

Despite its useful function in cooking, when it comes to house plumbing, nothing is more dangerous than a gas leak. Leaks in the gas lines in the walls, ceilings, and even in the basement are no laughing matter. It can also be dangerous if safety precautions are not taken. No one wants their home to go up in flames because of a simple gas leak. The gas in the house might be released because of a hole in the pipe or a loose connection. Gas stops being odourless when it comes in contact with air. This may lead to harmful effects on the occupants of the house. If you want to avoid this ever happening to you or your loved ones’ then you need to know about it.

Many regulators, alarms, and attendants are designed to detect gas leakage and shut down any affected area if there is a leak. With so many buildings being powered by natural gas, it’s vital to take the necessary precautions to prevent these dangerous accidents. You may prevent gas leaks and other potentially hazardous sources of carbon monoxide by performing routine maintenance on furnaces, stoves, fireplaces, and other gas-powered equipment, in addition to being proactive about recognizing air quality problems in your house. Also, make sure that any place that uses gas, whether it’s a heater, a stove, or a generator, is well ventilated. Last but not least, test your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors on a regular basis and replace the batteries once a year.

What to do if you smell a gas leak?

  • If you detect a gas leak, turn off the gas supply

If you want to prevent gas leaks, turn off the gas supply when you detect a gas leak. It might sound like basic safety knowledge, but it isn’t common sense. Sometimes we can overlook the most basic of things when we get distracted. When something unusual happens, we need to follow the necessary steps to prevent gas leaks or explosions.

  • Open the windows and shut off your electronic devices

Open the windows and doors of the affected area to ventilate your home to remove leaking natural gas fumes. If you smell a natural gas odour, immediately leave the building without using any lights or starting any appliances.

  • Do not smoke

 If you suspect a gas leak, do not smoke, use matches, candles, or other ignition sources.

  • Do not flick light switches

When natural gas is leaking into the air, the potential for danger is even greater. A small flame or spark could ignite this mixture of gas and air, releasing energy in the form of heat, light, and sound. Avoid flickering electrical switches at that time.

  • Hire professionals

The moment the smell of gas is noticed, call a professional to take care of the situation. The two top things must be taken care of immediately: getting the gas leak repaired and eliminating the gas supply.

At Ballarat Emergency Plumbing & Electrical you get a 60 minutes response time from us, and we act immediately with utmost urgency to ensure your and your families safety. Our team is skilled and licensed to handle all kinds of issues or challenges. Our systematic protocol motivates us to comprehend the client’s problems, contemplate various concepts and implement the best feasible solutions. Never disregard obvious signs of leakage, else the problem will only get worse. Avail our same-day emergency plumbing services by giving us a call at 0408342300.