Gas leaks can happen anytime, and come with a range of issues – and not just a lack of hot water, either!
Not being able to use your hot water system and gas stoves are the least of your issues when your home or business springs a gas leak. Gas is also straight-up dangerous, as simple as that.
Gas safety should be at the top of your priority list. The moment you detect a gas leak, you need to take action (that is to say, call a gas plumber in Bayside for rapid emergency plumbing services).
Signs of a gas leak
Staying safe around gas starts by knowing how to identify a gas leak.
Luckily, there are a couple of tell-tale signs you can keep an eye out for that are dead giveaways that your home is experiencing a gas leak!
- Rotten egg smell
- Dying plants
- Hissing sound
- Headache and dizziness
- Red or yellow flames on the stove
- Difficulty in breathing
The moment you pick up on one of these symptoms – and you can’t dismiss it as something else – you should immediately shut off your gas, open the windows, get your family out and hop on the phone with a gas plumber in Bayside.
Most of us know that gas is dangerous – but what if you have a relative who’s refusing to call a gas plumber, and who insists that it’s “no big deal?” How do you get through to them?
Well, you could try to win them over by presenting them with the facts and explaining the dangers that a gas leak can pose – dangers such as…
Carbon monoxide poisoning
Carbon monoxide is an odourless and colourless gas that’s a byproduct of natural gas that doesn’t burn properly, or which burns incompletely.
Unlike natural gas itself, carbon monoxide itself is completely odourless, making it especially insidious.
During gas leaks, carbon monoxide (CO) may also be present. Breathing CO in results in CO entering your blood and displacing oxygen in your blood, depriving your body. And with it comes a range of other problems.
In severe cases, it can even result in suffocation, or worse.
Other health problems
It isn’t just CO poisoning that can affect your health following a gas leak – you may also experience other health problems.
While natural gas isn’t quite as harmful, it comes with its own health issues. One of the most common is respiratory problems – gas leaks reduce the amount of oxygen in the air, which in turn affects your breathing.
And that leads to a range of other issues like:
- Difficult breathing
- Tiredness and drowsiness
- Stomach and chest pains
A quick call to a gas plumber in Bayside can ensure that you avoid the worst of these.
Gas is flammable – we all know that. Every gas-powered appliance in your home has stickers all over it reinforcing this message, and we’ve all read news reports about gas fires.
When it comes to gas leaks, this is the danger that’s probably the most prominent one!
Obviously, you’ll want to ensure that there are no open flames once you detect a gas leak. However, you’ll also want to ensure that anything that can cause a spark is also taken care of as well.
When you have a gas leak, the first things you should do are:
- Shut off the gas
- Open your windows
These allow you to vent gas out of your home, reducing the risk of a gas fire or explosion.
Next, get out of your home, and from a safe distance, call an emergency plumber in Brighton.
A dying garden
Gas leaks don’t just happen indoors – in many cases, a fitting or pipe outside may also spring a leak.
“What’s the problem,” you think to yourself, “if all the outdoor gas lines are located underground anyway?”
While it’s true that you won’t have to worry about a gas explosion or inhaling gas when the problem is outdoors, you’ll still have to worry about other issues.
Namely, the fact that underground gas leaks rob the soil of nutrients and can lead to a dying garden.
Puts the lives of animals in danger
Just as gas leaks can result in respiratory issues and carbon monoxide poisoning in humans, it can also affect your pets as well, often presenting the exact same physical symptoms.
Your smallest family members are also the most vulnerable to gas leaks. While you may not be affected much by a minor gas leak, darling Bailey, Spot or Felix might be!
And unlike humans, pets won’t be able to tell you when something’s wrong – you may only realise their health is suffering once it starts to deteriorate.
“There’s no such thing as “just a minor gas leak”, especially if you have pets. If you suspect a gas leak, you need to get it checked out by an emergency plumber in Melbourne with a proper gas plumbing certification, ASAP.
Gas plumbers are your best friend when there’s a gas leak
While it behaves differently from water, gas is supplied to your home or business the exact same way: with pipes and plumbing.
And that means that our plumbers in St Kilda are more than qualified to fix gas leaks!
Whether it’s a hairline fracture in a pipe, a seal that’s worn out or a join that’s come loose, the principles are identical – and that means that our gas plumbers can fix it for you.
Our plumbers hold a gas plumbing licenses, certifying our ability to safely work on gas pipes and lines and keep your family and property safe.
Gas leak problems? Call our emergency plumber in Bayside for immediate help!
Never underestimate the danger of gas leaks and never try to solve it on your own.
Instead, we highly recommend that you call a certified gas plumber in Bayside immediately!
The team at Watermaster Plumbing doesn’t just fix leaky taps – we can also help you with all your gas problems, ensuring that the things that matter the most to you are safe and protected from danger.
Watermaster Plumbing’s emergency plumbers in Melbourne offers various gas plumbing services such as:
- Gas appliance installation
- Gas hot water system installation and repairs
- Repairs for leaking gas lines and pipes
- Gas leak detection
- Appliance disconnection
- Workshop and light industrial gasfitting
- Mains connection
You can also visit us for plumbers in Melbourne: pop into our headquarters at 9/22 George St Sandringham, VIC 3191, if you prefer a more hands-on approach.