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 type of test we run for gas leaks is the normal standard gas leak 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.
Combustible gasses 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.
Gas leaks if ignored for a longer period can cause many problems such as:
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 detection company immediately.
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