DIY, “Do It Yourself”, is taking the home service industry by a storm. Most people attempt DIY repairs to save money. Others do it as a home improvement hobby. However, most people should not be participating in the DIY trend, as most internet DIY guides are incredibly flawed. Completing DIY on your own, and in your home, poses numerous safety issues and potential hazards. Most DIY scenarios end with the DIY’er making a problem they are trying to fix worse, or injuring themselves in the process. So we, here at Indiana Leak Detection, are coming up with a new acronym for DIY—“Detect It Yourself”.
Most of the time, when it comes to gas leaks, you will be unable to smell the gas. If you use natural gas in your home, to heat your space and warm your water, a gas leak is extremely hard to diagnose because natural gas carries no odor. You’re probably thinking, “If I can’t smell it or see it, how am I supposed to detect it?”. Well, you actually can see it and hear it.
Here are the warning signs to keep an eye, and ear, out for that indicate you might have a gas leak.
Detect It Yourself–Gas Leaks
You may have a gas leak in your home if:
- Your house plants are wilting and dying
- Your gas bill has increased unexpectedly
- You have bubbles in your water supply
- You have a gas pipe that is visibly damaged
- You see a white cloud around or near one of your gas lines
- You hear hissing or whistling near one of your gas lines
Now that you know what to look for, you have the skills to DIY, Detect It Yourself, gas line leaks. However, when it comes to gas line leak repairs, it is important to call a professional gas detection and repair expert to resolve your gas leak. It is imperative that gas lines are installed correctly. If you attempt to repair or replace a gas line yourself, you may compromise you and your family’s safety and health.
Health Implications of Gas Line Leaks
Gas leaks alter the amount of oxygen available in the affected space. With less oxygen, you can develop the following symptoms:
- You are experiencing more headaches than normal
- You are getting nose bleeds frequently
- You are nauseous often without cause
- Your throat and eye’s become severely red and irritated
- You are suddenly drowsy and fatigued
- You are having a hard time breathing or catching your breath
If your leak is carbon-monoxide based, it is even more dangerous, as you can become poisoned. These are the signs you have carbon-monoxide poisoning:
- You are experiencing unusual chest pain
- You get stomach pains
- Your vision becomes blurred
- You lose muscle control
- Your skin starts to turn pink (this is a sign of severe poisoning and can result in death, seek immediate medical attention if you or a family member has this symptom)
Make sure you call emergency services if you notice any of these listed gas leak symptoms.
Our 24/7 emergency gas leak detection, repair, and replacement services are here for your protection and for your future peace of mind. Your safety is our priority.
Until we arrive on the scene of the gas leak, to repair or replace your gas line, make sure to avoid these following actions.
Once You Detect a Gas Line Leak Do Not:
- Turn your home lights on and off
- Use kitchen appliances that require ignition
- Close all of your doors ( you want to keep them open so your home is not saturated by gas)
- Use your home telephone
- Use your home telephone
Live worry-free with professional gas line repair and replacement services from Indiana Leak Detection. Contact (317) 497-0024 to schedule your repair today.