What is a Gas Leak?

Leaking natural gas or any gaseous product from a pipeline is called gas leaking. A gas leak can be hazardous to health and the environment. People of Wheaton, Chicago, Elgin, and Lake Zurich, Illinois use natural gas carried through pipelines. If these pipelines get holes in them then the gas can leak.

Natural gas can create damage or kill plants, also hazardous to the health of people and animals as it is a form of methane, carbon monoxide. It can create shortness of breath and continuous coughing. Leaking gas can go a long way from its source, as far as 25 to 30 meters (90 to 100 feet).

 How to Know that Gas Is Leaking?

Natural gas is odourless. However, a substance called Mercaptan is added to gas for safety reasons, so it can be traceable if any leakage happens. This substance makes natural gas smell as a “rotten egg” and people can easily trace and know where the gas is leaking.


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What to Do When Found A Leak?

A gas leak is possibly dangerous for a household. If you get any smell like rotten egg, then you should find a leak in your gas pipeline, stove gas burner or any other gas appliances. If exact leakage cannot be found, you should turn off all the appliances that work with gas, also the electronic appliances. The main switch of the electricity should be turned off. You should open all the windows so that the gas can ventilate through the windows. You should not use anything that can create any spark like switches of light, phones, computers, flashlights or any other electrical appliances. Sometimes doors, windows or cabinets can create sparks, so you should be careful to open a door, window or any cabinet in the house. A spark from any source can ignite the gas. Everyone from the house should be evacuated and should keep a safe distance from the house as gas can migrate as far as 30 meters. You should call a technician immediately to deal with the problem.

What Can You Do to Keep Safe?

To be safe from igniting gas, you should always keep a fire extinguisher in your home, all the pipelines or gas appliances should be checked in six months or one year, and a carbon monoxide detector should be installed and monitored properly.

How to Check Pipelines And Deal with Gas Leaks?

To deal with the gas leak, you should call a technician to find the source and the exact place where the gas is leaking.


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