If you have natural gas running to your home, then you should pay close attention to any signs or symptoms of a gas line leak. And, while you may be looking for some of the more obvious things, there are some less obvious signs to seek out. If you note any of the following, you should invest in a gas line repair as soon as possible.
You Are Feeling Unwell
It is normal to feel unwell every now and then. After all, most people will get two to three colds each year and the flu every now and then. However, the sudden onset of certain flu-like symptoms may be a sign that you are inhaling the gas and that a gas leak has sprung up. Some common signs of this include nausea, vomiting, headache, and fatigue.
You may wonder about the telltale odor and why you may not be smelling it even though you are getting sick. There are a few reasons for this. Your body may simply be ignoring the smell due to long term exposure. This is something that your brain will do when it notices a stimulus over a long period of time. For example, you may not notice the smell of garbage any longer if you are a garbage collector.
Also, some people simply cannot smell that well. This is common in older individuals who have lost some of the sharpness of their senses. And, if the gas is a slow leak that is located outside your home and making its way indoors, the rotten egg smell may have cleared away well before the gas starts to congest in your house.
Keep in mind that if you are feeling as though you are about to pass out, it is essential that you get out of your home as soon as possible. Worry about calling 911 from a neighbor's home when you are safe.
Poor Appliance Function
If you have an older gas stove, then the flickering flame, poor lighting stovetop, or the poorly controlled oven may all be signs that you need a new appliance. However, it may mean that you have a gas leak and the oven is just not working the way that it should. The fuel source is too low for good function. This may also be noted if you have a natural gas dryer that does not seem to dry clothes as quickly or if your water heater does not seem to provide you with a good source of hot water.
IF you want to know more about gas line repairs or the signs that you may need one, contact a plumbing professional.