Gas leaks are very dangerous. Even if you think there’s just a small gas leak, deal with it immediately. It is highly flammable and can cause fire, explosions, and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Handy tips for managing gas leaks
Natural gas and LPG is usually safe if it is installed and stored properly. It is used in a variety of residential applications like dryers, pool heaters, hot water systems, stoves and fire heaters. Being reliable and economical, it is a popular option in Australian households. However, if the warning signs are left unheeded, it can prove to be extremely risky.
In this article, we will discuss the signs of gas leaks, physical symptoms, and what to do to manage the leak.
7 signs of gas leaks
- Smell of rotten eggs or sulphur – Natural gas doesn’t have an odour. To ensure leaks are identified gas companies add Ethyl Mercaptan to make it easier to detect gas leaks. If you can sense a strong smell like that of rotten eggs/cabbage, call a qualified gasfitter who can resolve this issue as soon as possible
- Hissing sound – If you can hear a hissing sound near the gas line, it is an indication of a gas leak
- Dead plants – If your plants are dying suddenly, it could be due to a slow gas leak.
- Orange or yellow gas flame – The natural flame colour of gas is blue but if you can see an orange or yellow flame, switch off the appliance and contact a gasfitter.
- Gas runs out quickly – If you are using LPG and your appliances are running out quicker than usual even if you have replaced the tank recently.
- Soot marks – Burnt, black marks on your pots or pans.
- Bubbles – checking for a gas leak using a spray bottle filled with a small amount of washing detergent mixed with water can help pinpoint the location of a leak. If the water bubbles when sprayed onto the gas pipes this can indicate a leak. Please note – do not do this on internal gas pipes and we recommend leaving any testing for gas leaks to your licenced gas fitter.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning caused by gas leaks
Gas leaks can lead to the reduction of oxygen in a room and an increase in dangerous carbon monoxide levels. A byproduct of the gas burning process is carbon monoxide which is usually safely removed via the flue however if gas appliances are faulty or not used correctly in a well-ventilated area poisoning and health problems can occur, If you are exposed to carbon monoxide you could experience one or more of the following symptoms in the short or long term:
- Blurry vision
- Pain in the chest or abdomen
- Change in the skin colour and bright red lips
- Severe poisoning leads to the whole body turning red
Important – If you are experiencing any of these symptoms seek urgent medical attention.
What to do if you suspect a gas leak?
If you can smell gas or suspect there is a leak inside your house take quick action and do the following:
- Open all the doors and windows for ventilation.
- Turn off the gas supply at the mains gas valve.
- Turn off the electrical supply from the mains (if safe to do so).
- Ensure your pets and family members are all outside the house.
- If you are experiencing any physical symptoms mentioned above, call an ambulance from outside the house or visit the hospital.
If you are worried about a supected gas leak inside your home, contact Ryan Old Plumbing on 1300 055 940. We are your trusted and experienced gasfitters in Brisbane and can fix your problem immediately.
Note: Save the contact details of your energy distributor and gasfitter on your phone. So you can call the right people immediately!
What NOT to do?
- Do not use candles, lighters, or matches.
- Do not try to find the source of leak.
- Don’t delay contacting a professional gasfitter, do it immediately.
- Do not make any calls from within the house as it can ignite the gas.
- Do not stay inside the house.
Gas leaks outside the house
If you can smell gas leaks outside your house from the gas meter to the street, contact your gas distributor immediately. You can find out the name of your distributor on your gas bill. The emergency details of the distributors in Queensland are listed below:
- Allgas Energy (Emergency Number): 1300 763 106
- Australian Gas Networks: 1800 427 532
What to do after the gas leak is fixed?
- Install a carbon monoxide alarm which makes it easier to detect gas leaks. This alarm is designed to alert residents in the event of leaks and is an essential system to wake people if the gas leak occurs when they are asleep.
- Get the gas pipelines (inside and outside your house), appliances and all the fittings inspected by a licensed gasfitter.
Your trusted and reliable emergency gasfitters Brisbane
Gas leaks are dangerous and need to be resolved fast. Ryan Old Plumbing are experts in gas installation, repairs, maintenance, and servicing for residential, commercial, and industrial gas systems and appliances throughout Brisbane. For emergency gas leaks, contact us on 1300 055 940.