Gas Safety Tips: Signs of a gas leak in your house

Most homes have 2 to 3 appliances that rely on gas, some even have more appliances due to load shedding. Having the third-hand experience of reading and hearing stories about houses or schools burning down from gas leakage, how sure are you that you don't have one yourself? 

SimsGas offers you not only approved gas but also vital tips for gas safety. Here are the signs and symptoms to look out for in case you have a gas leak in your home.


Signs to look out for when you have a leakage 

We usually say when there is a leakage you can tell by the smell, but do you know which smell to look out for? Well, gas suppliers have tried to make it a little easy for households to detect gas leakages by adding a chemical called Mercaptan to gas to give it a noticeable odour. This makes it easier to detect a gas leak in its early stages. If you notice an odour that resembles rotten eggs or sulphur contact your gas installer IMMEDIATELY.

Another sign is discoloured flames when you activate one of your stove plates. A gas furnace is engineered to produce a hot blue flame while it is activated. A yellow flame may indicate a ventilation issue with your appliance. When you are unsure about the colour of the flames, contact a professional to check if there is any major problem.  


The causes and solutions

Have your gas lines inspected on an annual basis. It is extremely common for the gas connection to become loose between a gas line and an appliance.

Another cause can be poor ventilation, as gas appliances are set up with ventilation fans and pipes to remove harmful carbon monoxide that is produced during the standard heating process. If your appliances are working properly the harmful gas will automatically be distributed by a fan and diverted to outdoor air. However, as your gas appliances reach the middle or end of their lifespan, the exhaust pipes may also become clogged and cause a gas leak.

The gas lines connected to your house need to be maintained every now and then as they also have a lifespan. The pipes may start to corrode and produce a gas leak if not preserved or replaced. So to ensure safety, get your gas line checked regularly to know if and when you need to replace them. 


Ways to prevent a gas leak in your house

Prevention is better than a cure! So start buying Carbon Monoxide Detectors and have them installed near each bedroom in your house. Detection of any trace amounts of this gas will result in the alarm going off, alerting everyone to get to safety as soon as possible.  

Another thing to consider - Do not start your car engine until the garage door is completely open because once a car engine ignites, carbon monoxide from the exhaust quickly fills up the room and can lead to quick suffocation. 

Remember it is important to buy your gas from a licensed gas provider, contact SimsGas now!

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