Natural gas and propane gas are used in household appliances such as kitchen stoves, water heaters, furnaces, and space heaters. Gas leaks can occur due to damage to the
distribution system or the appliance itself.
The two types of tests we run for gas leaks are the normal standard gas leak test and the gas pressure test. For gas leak detection we use a handheld combustible gas leak
detector sometimes referred to as a sniffer. A handheld gas leak detector is used to trace leaks at accessible and visible gas piping in your home.
The second type of gas test is a gas line pressure test. The gas pressure test allows us to find indications of hidden leaks. With a gas line pressure test we will shut off all the gas valves to the appliances. We then monitor the gas meter itself for any changes in its gauges. We monitor the gas system for 1-2 hours during the home inspection. If no leakage has occurred we will re-lite the pilot lights to make sure they are working properly.
Combustible gases cannot be seen and do not have a natural odor. A chemical is added to the gas to give it a rotten egg smell. If you smell a gas leak avoid turning on any lights or switching on any electrical appliances. Immediately exit the building and call your local gas company to report the potential leak.
Here are some simple things you can do to help prevent gas leaks:
Remember if you smell gas leave the building without operating any electrical devices including your cell phone and call the gas company immediately.
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