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Blog
04/08/2016
Maintaining your home in the best condition possible is not a one-time event. On the contrary, you always have to be on high alert for things that could go wrong with it and that can put you and your family at risk. In this installment, you'll learn a few ways to identify a gas leak, as well as what preventive measures you should take if you find one in your home.

How to Tell if Gas is Leaking in Your Home with Help of the Professionals in Property Restoration in Laurel

Be Aware of How You Use Your Gas

It's likely that you have to refill your gas every so often. That means that you probably have an idea of how much you use it and how often you have to refill it. If you notice that your gas is running out quicker than usual (even if you use it as normal), it may be that gas is leaking through the pipes.

Employ Your Senses to Determine if There's a Leak

If you want to know if you have a leak, then you can use the handiest tools at your disposal: your senses. For an idea on how you can employ them for this task, continue reading.
  1. Smell around your home for that unmistakable gas smell (that of something rotting away). If you can sense it, then there's probably a leak somewhere.
  2. You can then use your eyes to validate your suspicions: if you see that air is pushing things around the gas pipes away, or if the plants nearby have died, you may have a leak.
  3. Lastly, you can use your hearing to further confirm the leak. To do this, you have to get close to the pipes and listen intently. If you hear the sound of air being pushed out of them, there's a leak.

Test the Pipes with Soap and Water

If you think gas is being pushed out of your pipes, you can do the soap test to verify if and where it is happening. To that end, mix water with dishwashing soap, soak a sponge with it and run it through the pipes. The soapy water will start foaming in the exact spot where there's a leak.

What to Do Next if You've Found a Gas Leak at Home

Once you're entirely certain that you have a gas leak in your home, there are a few things you should do and safety measures you should take to ensure your and your family's safety during this small crisis.

Contact an Expert as Soon as Possible

This is a delicate matter and time is of the essence. For those reasons, if you want to deal with the situation in a safe way, as well as get an expert's opinion on why it happened in the first place, you should contact a team who can help you out. If you're in need of a reliable company who can provide the property restoration services your home requires after a mishap, contact Walker & Frick Construction Co., Inc. DKI in Laurel at 804.282.1281.

Avoid Playing with Fire

As gas is highly flammable, the last thing you want to do if there's a leak is play with fire. That's why it's important that you go through your home and put out any fire sources (such as the stove, candles, the fireplace, cigarettes, among others). Doing so will help you remain safe while the situation is resolved.

Allow Fresh Air to Run Through Your Home

Gas is not only dangerous because of its fiery potential; it can also lead to carbon monoxide poisoning if you inhale too much of it, which can be lethal. That's why the moment you get a strong smell of gas, you should open your windows/doors and allow fresh air to run through your home.

Leave Your Home if the Situation Worsens

If even after you've let fresh air into your home, you notice that the horrid gas smell is still very persistent, it's best if you leave your home and get to a safe spot. You may even want to let the neighbors know, so they can take certain precautions as well. Don't re-enter until the professionals have instructed you to do so.

Trust in Walker & Frick Construction Co., Inc. DKI for Professional Property Restoration in Laurel

Having your home go through a difficult situation (like a disaster or mishap) can be difficult. However, know that you can count on Walker & Frick Construction Co., Inc. DKI in Laurel to be the helping hand you need. Call 804.282.1281 for more information on their services, or if you'd like a free estimate on property restoration in Laurel.