Natural gas is a safe and reliable energy source used by millions of Americans. Gas pipes that are installed properly and maintained can operate without issue for a lifetime. But, gas leaks do happen and when they do, it can be a real emergency. Natural Gas is highly flammable and it can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning in people and pets. If you are smelling gas in your house call the utility company's emergency number as soon as possible and evacuate the area.
Gas Leak Symptoms
Small gas leaks may go unnoticed at a first but as the gas builds up real symptoms start to manifest.
Here are just a few gas leak signs to look out for:
- sulfur / rotten egg smell
- hissing noises around your gas pipes
- a white cloud or dust cloud near a gas line
- bubbles in water
- houseplants suddenly start dying
- notice a damaged connection to a gas line
- gas bills are higher than normal
- discolored vegetation around the gas main
Physical Symptoms in People
Natural Gas robs the environment of oxygen. When your body takes in less oxygen physical symptoms can develop. If you or other family members are noticing sudden and unexplained symptoms it could be a Natural Gas leak.
Here are the symptoms you should look for:
- sudden headache
- flu-like symptoms
- nose bleeds
- eye and throat irritation
- ongoing fatigue
- breathing problems
- ringing in the ears
- palish blue skin and lips
If you have pets in your home, they'll be affected by the gas leak as well. In extreme cases, high levels of exposure can cause a loss of consciousness and even death.
Natural Gas Leak / Gas Line Repairs
If you notice a mild gas leak, turn off the pilot lights to your appliances and open the windows. Contact the gas company and they'll send someone out to turn off your gas and to tag the leaks. You'll need to get leaks repaired before turning the gas back on. Green Tech Plumbing can help you repair gas leaks. Our plumbers are fully equipped to repair/replace gas pipes and to look for additional leaks. Visit our contact page to schedule a plumbing service call.
What NOT To Do During a Gas Leak
- turn lights on or off (electric arcs could ignite the gas)
- use household appliances or sources of ignition
- keep doors closed
- try to find or repair the leak
- use your cell phone in the house
- assume someone else will report the leak (esp outside)
New Gas Line Installation
New construction and some renovations depend on moving a natural gas line to a new location. Whether you're replacing an electric appliance with a gas-powered model or adding something new, we've got you covered. Our plumbers can professionally move, repair, and extend natural gas lines anywhere in your home or business.
Old Gas Pipes Require Professional Service
Corrosion, rust, and time will all take their toll on your gas lines. It's a natural process that tends to stress out property owners. But there's no need to worry. Green Tech Plumbing makes the gas re-piping process easy and surprisingly affordable. If you need an inspection, repair, or replacement, call Green Tech Plumbing today to get started.
Gas Piping Done Right
Our certified licensed plumbers are here to help get your gas piping project completed safely and correctly. Gas piping is not something you want to take any chances on. This isn't a do it yourself project or something a handyman should tackle. Don't risk your new appliance or property to a faulty gas line. Contact Green Tech Plumbing for all your gas piping needs.
Gas Leaks in Des Plaines / Northwestern Suburbs
Green Tech Plumbing is located in Des Plaines, IL. We provide service throughout the Northwestern Suburbs inside of Cook & DuPage County. If you need assistance with a gas line repair, new installation, or gas repiping call us anytime 24/7 or email us online.