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How Dangerous is a Gas Leak?

You’ve heard about the dangers of a gas leak, but just how hazardous is it really? While here at Squeaks Family Safety and Home Protection, we are best known for our kitchen and bathroom plumbing repairs in and around the Broomfield, CO, area, our specialty is providing safety and comfort to our local neighbors. That’s why we’ve made this short guide to explain the dangers, effects, and symptoms of gas leaks in your home. 

What Does Carbon Monoxide Do to the Body?

Excessive exposure to carbon monoxide is extremely dangerous, which is why we recommend regularly checking the batteries of your carbon monoxide (CO) detector and scheduling a CO testing. Just like any harmful substance, carbon monoxide has both short-term and long-term effects. Take a look at the infographic below to learn about the physical symptoms you can experience from CO poisoning.

However, that’s not at all. If a broken home appliance has been slowly contaminating the air in your home with low levels of carbon monoxide, you could develop long-term effects, such as personality changes and mood swings; malaise’ impaired judgment, memory and concentration; unexplained numbness or vision problems; or insomnia. Over time, carbon monoxide poisoning can prove fatal. 

What are the Symptoms of a Gas Leak?

To avoid the scary consequences of carbon monoxide poisoning, you should always schedule regular maintenance for your furnace and gas-fueled appliances. However, if one of your appliances malfunctions and starts leaking gas, how will you be able to tell that you and your family are in danger? By looking out for these symptoms:

  • • You smell gas or rotten eggs as soon as you enter your home
  • • Your house plants are wilting unusually quickly
  • • Your gas bill will increase out of nowhere

How Do I Check for a Gas Leak?

Do you suspect you may have a gas leak, but aren’t completely convinced? Check your natural gas line to be sure. If you notice that your gas line is damaged in any way, shape, or form, it’s most likely leaking. Carbon monoxide, or any other gas, can only be contained in an airtight space. However, just because you don’t notice any visible damage on your gas line, doesn’t mean it’s functioning properly. In this case, you need to rely on your senses to guide you.

  • • Do you see a blurry gas cloud forming around any part of the gas line?
  • • Do you hear a low hissing sound?
  • • Do you smell sulfur or rotten eggs?

These are all indications that you have a gas leak to worry about. 

Make sure you and your family are always safe and comfortable by scheduling regular gas line, plumbing, and tankless water heater maintenance for your home in Broomfield, CO, or any other nearby area. At Squeaks Family Safety and Home Protection, we work around the clock to make sure you’re always protected from plumbing or HVAC disasters. Contact us today to schedule a service.