When it comes to the fuels available to homeowners, natural gas is rather difficult to beat. This is largely due to the fact that natural gas is versatile. Homeowners may use it to heat their homes, heat water for use in their homes, and even to dry their clothes. Of course, natural gas is incredibly convenient as well. It is piped directly to the appropriate appliances, and you’ll never have to schedule deliveries or store it on-site.
Because gas is piped directly to your home, though, there is also the potential for gas leaks to develop. Leaks may develop in the main supply line, or at the point where the piping connects with the appliance. Whatever the case, you cannot afford to ignore a gas leak in your home or on your property. If you need any gas line services in Bloomington, IL, contact us right away.
There are a few ways in which you may recognize a leak in your gas line. Unlike carbon monoxide, for instance, natural gas used in our homes has a very distinctive odor. In its natural state, natural gas actually is odorless. As a safety precaution, though, an additive is used to give natural gas a scent. It’s not a terribly pleasant one, sulfuric and reminiscent of rotten eggs, but it is definitely easy to recognize.
You may also notice that vegetation on your property is yellowing or dying. This could be the result of that vegetation being poisoned by a leak in the gas line. Dirt blowing up in the air may seem to be an odd phenomenon, but it could be caused by the upward pressure of leaking gas.
Whatever it is that may tip you off to a potential gas leak, you need to vacate the premises immediately. Never attempt to pinpoint the source of a gas leak on your own. Once you are at a safe distance from the residence, contact the appropriate authorities. Should gas line repairs or replacement be necessary, our plumbers can do the job right.
Pipeworks Inc. is here to help you use natural gas safely on your property.