Gas Leaks

By
Home Inspector with Kollias Property Inspections, Inc.

Gas leaks can be very dangerous, possibly resulting in a deadly fire or explosion, so be sure to know the signs of a gas leak and what to do in an emergency. There are three ways in which you can detect a gas leak.

  1. Smell: Natural gas is injected with a distinct ordor, which many people equate to that of rotten eggs. Contact Nicor or your Natural gas Supplier for a scratch "n sniff card with this scent. 
  2. Sight: Visible blowing dirt, bubbling water or discolored vegetation near a buried natural gas line.
  3. Sound: A hissing or blowing sound near the gas meter or gas appliances.        

    If you suspect that gas is leaking, follow these steps.

  1. Exit the building or areas immediately, leaving doors and windows open as you exit. Do not open windows if they're not already open. Do not use your telephone or cell phone, or operate any appliance, light a match or turn light switches on or off.
  2. Call your gas supplier from a neighboring location.
  3. Wait at a neighboring location until your gas supplier determines it is safe to return.
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Glenn Roberts
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Good advice for sure. Natural gas and propane explosions are devistating.

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