How You Can Prevent and Detect a Gas Leak

How You Can Prevent and Detect a Gas Leak

Earthquakes are an all-too-common occurrence in our area. While you may have a plan for keeping your family safe during an earthquake, too many people are unaware of the possible dangers that could come right after an earthquake.

The chances of a gas leak become higher during an earthquake, and natural gas leaks can lead to fire and severe health effects. That’s why you should take the proper steps to prevent a gas leak before it ever happens—and know how to tell if you do have a gas leak.

Detecting a Gas Leak

Detecting a gas leak can be difficult when you don’t know what you’re looking for. Know the signs of a gas leak, and be sure to do a little investigating shortly after an earthquake, if the area is safe.

  • Odor – Many people describe the smell of natural gas as a rotten egg odor. This is actually a substance added to the gas supply by your utility to make leaks easier to detect.
  • Flames – Your gas appliances should burn with a steady blue flame, not one that’s orange or yellow.
  • Sounds – A hissing noise could indicate a gas leak.

Know About Your Shutoff Valves

You should know the location of your gas shutoff valve in case you see, hear or smell a potential gas leak. Keep an adjustable wrench near your gas line so that it’s always available if you need to turn off the gas at a moment’s notice. Keep in mind that only the gas company can turn this back on.

You might also consider an automatic gas shutoff valve, which works in one of two ways. Some models detect sizable seismic activity and shut off the gas automatically. Others detect a sudden change in gas flow. Either way, you won’t have to worry about doing this yourself; just keep in mind you’ll have to call your utility company to get the gas back on.

Call Allstar Plumbing today for more information or to get an automatic gas shutoff valve for your home in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.


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