How to detect a gas leak

What to look out for

Natural gas contains methane, and methane can be dangerous in some cases. It’s right that natural gas itself is not toxic but in some cases natural gas leaks can cause damage to both our property and it’s occupants.

As gas experts we think that it is important that everyone knows the basics of what to look out for when it comes to gas leaks.

1. Is there a bad smell ?

This is the first thing to look out for and is quite easy to detect. Most gas production companies add an ingredient to the gas to give it an unpleasant odor that is very much like rotten eggs or sulfur. If you do smell this then check for the source of the leak of call a gas engineer straight away.

2. Red or orange flame

You should check your gas stove. The flame should be mainly blue when you turn it on. If the flame is orange or red this is an indication that you may have a leak and  due to gas in the atmosphere, taking away oxygen the flame is a different colour. 

3. Can you hear a whistling noise

This is a real danger sign , if you can hear a high whistling or sometimes hissing noise escaping from a gas line then there is a good chance you’ve got a big gas leak. Again if you here this noise we recommend that you contact a gas safe engineer to deal with it.

4. Gas Leak Detector

The best way to check for a gas leak is to use a detector. There are many good detectors on the market which are now very reasonably priced. For peace of mind we recommend having one of these in your home.

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