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Dangers of an Undetected Gas Leak

If you have a gas leak in your home, you may not realize it until it is too late. An undetected leak can cause extensive damage to your home and long-term damage to your health.

Why Are Gas Leaks Difficult to Detect?

When you have a leaky water pipe, you can see a puddle of water forming and get it fixed. A gas leak is completely different. Gas is impossible to see, so it can leak undetected for a long time without you realizing it.

Natural gas does not actually have a scent. If you have a leak, you may notice a scent that smells like rotten eggs. This sulfuric scent is actually added by the gas companies so that you can tell if you have a leak. You may also notice warning signs such as…

  • Dead houseplants

  • Shrubs and grass suddenly turned brown

  • Orange and yellow flames on gas-using appliances (Flames should always be blue.)

The Dangers of Having an Undetected Gas Leak

A gas leak can cause physical symptoms, as well. Minor symptoms include:

  • Nose bleeds

  • Nausea

  • Drowsiness

  • Headaches, and fatigue

You may also suffer from chest pain if there is a leak. Because there is less oxygen available in the air, you may suffer from dizziness or breathing problems. A gas leak can cause symptoms like eye and throat irritation.

If the leak is not fixed, you may become unconscious. A major leak can even be fatal for you or your pets. In order to prevent major health problems and property damage, call Indiana Leak Detection at (317) 449-2780 leak fixed today.