The smell of sulfur or rotten eggs almost always indicates a gas supply issue. Natural gas is odorless, but suppliers treat the gas with a strong rotten egg smell to make gas leaks more detectable. If the smell is faint, but does not dissipate, turn off the furnace and ventilate your home. If you smell gas and can track it back to your furnace, immediately turn off the unit, evacuate the household, and call the gas company and fire department. Smelling gas is a dangerous situation that you should respond to immediately. The gas company will provide inspections but not repairs. To fix the underlying problem, contact a professional heating company for emergency service. Rotten egg and sulfuric-like smells are clear signs to take immediate action before a fire occurs. Symptoms of natural gas exposure include fatigue, nausea, dizziness, headaches, and irregular- breathing. High levels of natural gas can cause loss of consciousness and in extreme cases, death.
Some Things You Should Do If You Smell Gas
- Immediately leave your home or building!.
- Immediately call your local emergency number (911) from a cell phone outside the home or building, or from a neighboring location, to immediately report the suspected gas leak!
- Do not use your telephone, turn on or off the light switches, light a match or do anything that might create a spark or flame!
- Do not re-enter the building where the leak is suspected until emergency professionals give the okay!
Educate your family on the signs of an indoor gas leak. Learn what you can do to prevent home fires and issues with your gas furnace or gas line. Over time the underground gas lines can corrode leading to gas leaks.
Follow That Smell of Rotten Eggs or Sulfur
The rotten egg smell is not to be ignored. Another cause of that smell is a dangerous electrical situation. Follow the smell to identify where the smell is coming from and what your next action should be. To be safe, leave the home and contact your fire department to assess the situation.
You May Hear a Hissing Sound
Keep an eye out for the subtle signs of gas in your surroundings. Never ignore even the slightest indication of natural gas in or around your home. When you follow the smell you may also hear a hissing sound coming from a pipe or behind a wall. Gas does make a sound when it is leaking from the gas line. Take immediate action to prevent more gas from escaping.
Things You May Notice Outside Your Home if a Gas Leak is Present
- Air: A gas leak can cause dirt to be thrown into the air or plants to be blown as if by a breeze. Air coming from the ground near the home is a possible sign of a gas leak.
- Bubbles: A leak in a gas pipe can sometimes cause bubbling in moist areas around the home.
- Dying Plants: Plant life near a gas leak will become sickly and eventually die. While plants can certainly wilt and die due to a variety of reasons, plants that die without an obvious cause could indicate a gas leak. A natural gas leak blocks a flower’s source of oxygen and fruits and vegetables will change color when they come in contact with natural gas. If you see dead or discolored plants surrounded by healthy green plants, that’s a sign of a gas leak.
- Fire or Flame: If you see fire coming from the ground or a flame that appears to burn above the ground, that could indicate a gas leak.
- Dry Earth in a Moist Field: If you observe a dry spot in a moist field, pay attention as this is a sign of a gas leak.
Preventing a gas fire is the number one priority once a gas leak is identified. A professional HVAC company provides annual safety and efficiency inspections of gas appliances and heaters that can be life-saving. Give us a call for an annual maintenance and inspection of your home’s gas heater. We highly recommend scheduling an annual heating and fireplace maintenance in the fall, before the winter heating season begins.
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