If you encounter the whiff of gas in your home, which would smell like rotten eggs, you want to take action immediately. You might also hear a hissing or whistling sound. If either of these situations occurs, it’s time to act with caution and be alert to everything you do. It is not time to panic.
A Gas Line Leak Is Nothing to Play With
Once a gas leak has started, you immediately begin to have a potentially explosive situation. It doesn’t take much. In general, there are some things you want to do and some things you want to avoid. For one thing, you do not want to turn any switches on or off. This includes appliances or phones.
The next thing is to notify anyone else in the house or building about the gas leak. Tell them about the switches, too. They need to evacuate the house as quickly as possible. Let them know that they also should not light any matches, cigarettes, or candles, too.
Open the Windows and Doors
Venting the gas out of the house is important because it can prevent the gas from building up. Once it does, this could cause an even greater explosion, which is sure to cause even more damage. It could also be fatal to anyone in or near the house. Opening the windows could let enough fresh air in to prevent an explosion from happening.
Get Away from the House
After the windows and doors are open, go outside and get at least 100 feet away from the house. Don’t take any chances and stay nearby. This could be very dangerous and a decision you might regret.
A gas line leak needs to be handled by the experts. Because the risk from faulty repairs is dangerous, you need to be sure that an expert repairs it properly. Don’t take any risks by settling for someone just because they might be a little cheaper – but inexperienced.
After a gas leak, you need to ensure that your gas lines are repaired correctly and are in good shape. In some cases, your home may have old connections or gas pipes that need to be replaced. A plumber can look them over and evaluate them for you, and ensure that your home is safe again.
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