What to Do If You Detect a Gas Leak
Here are a few tips and precautions you can use to detect gas leaks and have them repaired.
Determine the Source of the Leak
Determining the source of the gas leak is the most important step. In the case of cars, spotting a gas leak is easier. You only have to look for a wet patch under the car. A gas leak at home can be rather tricky to locate. However, there is an easy way to spot it. Simply make a solution of dishwashing soap and water and foam it up. Apply the solution with a sponge over the pipes of the main gas line. Bubbles will form where the leak is and then you can get it fixed.
Avoid Using a Flame to Check for a Gas Leak
A common mistake people make is checking for a gas leak with a flame. A small flame is run over the entire pipes and fittings to determine where the leak is. The leak is found when the gas catches fire. This is enormously dangerous and should never be done. The dishwashing soap and water solution is the best way to detect a leak.
Analyze the Damage
Once you find the leak you need to analyze the extent of the damage. If the leak is minor, you can close the main gas supply and fix it. You may not be able to take on certain types of repairs on your own. It is best to contact a professional for such leaks. Various contraptions (like duct tape) that serve several purposes should be avoided when having to fix something that may have dangerous consequences. In the event of a gas leak at home, consult a professional immediately. If you find dripping gasoline under your car, take it to a mechanic right away.
Do Not Hesitate To Get Professional Help
If you can smell gas at home or in your car but can’t find the source of the leak, never hesitate to call a professional.
Never ignore the sound or smell of gas. It can be dangerous if not fixed in time.