There is a lot that we take for granted as modern homeowners. Our comfort, for one. Our safety, for another. It’s the latter we want to focus on today. And no, we’re not here to scare you into purchasing anything or signing up for a protection plan that you don’t need. We’re not alarmists, and we don’t do business that way. But we are realists, and gas leaks are real.
Now, using natural gas is not inherently dangerous. You shouldn’t let the potential for gas leaks in Tucson dissuade you from using this great fuel source. Just remember that the potential for danger is there—the same as it is for electricity, propane, wood, and other fuels. Working with trained professionals and learning to recognize the signs of trouble is your best defense against any such potential dangers. Be sure to reach out to a member of our team with any questions you may have.
Natural Gas Has an Odor
Or, we should say, it has an odor added to it. Natural gas itself is naturally odorless. However, because it can present a potential safety risk in homes, it has an additive put into it that gives it its distinctive odor—emphasis on the stink! If you’ve ever smelled natural gas, then you know what we’re talking about. It’s that sulfuric, rotten egg odor that is pretty difficult if not downright impossible to ignore.
If you ever smell that odor in your home or on your property, reach out to a member of our team right away. Natural gas is combustible, which is why we pump it into our homes in the first place. If you smell gas, exit the property and contact the appropriate authorities immediately. If you need gas line repairs, we can handle the job.
Other Warning Signs
The smell of natural gas is the most obvious sign of a leak, but it’s not the only one. You may also notice that there is an area of dying vegetation on your property. While natural gas is a great fuel source, it’s toxic for plant life. If you’re struggling to keep vegetation alive in certain areas, a leak in a gas line could be the cause.
Also pay attention to any dirt or debris blowing up from the ground on your property. This may sound odd, but the cause could be natural gas escaping from a buried line on your property. Not exactly the first thing you’d think of when you consider a gas leak, but it’s an odd phenomenon that could indicate a serious real-world problem.
Don’t Put Your Safety at Risk
A gas leak is not something that you or a general handyperson can handle on your own. The repair of a gas line or connection is only to be handled by licensed, professional plumbers. Without putting too fine a point on it, keep in mind that this could be a matter of life or death.