Gas leaks are a potentially serious problem that may exist in your home. Any leaks within your home’s gas system allows carbon monoxide to leak out. Though some experience symptoms, you may not even know that the leak exists. Common symptoms may include feeling tired while in your home, having some problems concentrating or even changes in your skin color. Prolonged exposure can even lead to death. If you have any type of gas lines in your home, it’s important that you know how to prevent leaks and how to identify leaks.
Install Gas Monitors
Gas monitors like carbon monoxide detectors are must haves for any home. Most carbon monoxide detectors plug right into any standard outlet and carefully monitor the level of gas found within your home. Many detectors use a combination of lights and sounds to alert you of any leaks. You might see the light on the front flashing on and off quickly and/or hear a siren or beeping sound coming from the detector. This lets you know that there is too much carbon monoxide in your home and that you have a leak.
Use New Equipment
Using new equipment is especially important in older homes. The fixtures and components used during the installation of your old gas system may not work in the modern world. A contractor can typically install new components like bubble tight dampers and equipment in just a few short hours. These dampers have a stronger seal and do a better job of preventing gas from leaking out. You may want to have the contractor check over your gas pipes as well. Even a tiny crack or chip in a single pipe can release harmful gases as you sleep.
Request an Audit
Before you install new equipment and put carbon monoxide detectors in all your rooms, you may want to request a simple audit. Many gas companies offer this service for free or a reduced cost for new and existing customers. The company will send a technician to your home who uses specialized tools to check for gas leaks around your house. This technician can determine whether your old pipes release gas, if there is a leak coming from your valves or if other leaks exist and then give you a list of the repairs you need to make. New equipment, having an audit done and installing gas detectors can help you prevent gas leaks.