Much like a leaky faucet or running toilet, small gas leaks may decrease your home’s efficiency and cost you more money each month. Some gas leaks, however, can cause much bigger issues and need to be identified and fixed before they become dangerous.
When it comes to gas leaks, most gas utility companies include some type of policy that requires gas leaks to be repaired. Because you can’t really see or smell small gas leaks, it’s fairly easy to overlook these types of leaks. Although combustible gas (like natural gas or propane gas) has an offensive odorant to help detect the smell when a leak occurs, electronic gas analyzers should be used to detect leakage indoors.
During a gas leak detection test, a trained specialty inspection professional uses a handheld gas leak detector to identify small leaks at their source. Although most gas leaks are small, continuous leaking indoors will still be inhaled by those living within the home.
Most homes have at least one or two appliances that run on gas. Remember these warning signs of a gas leak to keep you, your family and your home safe.
Should you notice any of the above, immediately contact a qualified professional for assistance.
To determine if there are dangerous or wasteful gas leaks in your home, it’s important to start with the most common culprits:
A qualified inspector will start here for evaluation and then continue around your home to give you peace of mind.
For as little as three minutes per gas appliance, you can get peace of mind knowing your home is safe from gas leaks- or, if a leak is discovered, take appropriate action to fix it. Your local AmeriSpec inspector can provide a gas leak detection test as a standalone service or offer it as part of your general home inspection. Since our inspectors are nationally trained and certified according to state and local requirements, you can trust the testing process and results.
With more than 150 locations throughout the U.S., it’s easy to find a certified AmeriSpec inspector near you. Reach out today — we’re ready to answer any questions you may have!
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