In our last blog, we discussed some common causes of water leaks in your home and how to fix them. There are simple ways to test for these leaks and stop the damage before it really starts. This time around, though, we want to talk about a different kind of residential leak — a much more dangerous one — namely, gas leaks. There are three types of gas leaks that you need to be aware of for your safety: (1) natural gas, (2) carbon monoxide, and (3) sewer gas.
Once again, the small leaks are the worst. These are the leaks that you don’t even notice, that homeowners insurances frequently will not cover, and that spread through your home causing trouble undetected. Natural gas, as most of you know, is immensely flammable and dangerous to have contaminating your air. Carbon monoxide is “the Silent Killer” — an odorless and invisible poison that causes nausea, vomiting, and eventually death. Sewer gas creates rotten odors in your living areas, and having it around your home can be a sign that sewage is entering your space, which means you may be in contact with disease-carrying bacteria. All three leaks need to be dealt with immediately. Given time, they escalate into the life-threatening issues we just described.
So what can you do?
Luckily, natural gas has a distinct smell, so it’s easily discoverable. The trick is knowing how to act — and you certainly need to act fast!
Call your local gas company! Typically, emergency responses are completely free! Their technicians will come out and run tests off your gas meter to let you know if the leak is on the outside or on the inside of your home. If the leak is substantial, note that they will shut off gas and lock your meter until it gets fixed.
Since carbon monoxide (CO) is completely unnoticeable, you need a reliable CO detector in your home. That’s not an exaggeration: California actually has a law that states all single family homes need to have a carbon monoxide detector from the approved Fire Marshall list in their home. Even if it weren’t the law, though, it’s just the only way to go. Saving money is important, sure, but not when it’s your family’s safety that’s at stake.
What kind of CO detector should you get? At the Twin Home Experts, we love First Alert carbon monoxide detectors, which give you smoke detection as an added bones. That’s two in one! These retail around $40.00. Getting a First Alert carbon monoxide detector will give you the peace of mind that every homeowner deserves to have.
Here on the Twin Home Experts blog, we discuss this type of link a lot, generally with regards to bad odors in the kitchen, bathroom or basement. There are some simple steps that you can take which we’ve outlined in the video below:
Here, we’re talking about air quality, mainly leaks and dust from your ventilation bringing contaminants into your home’s air. These leaks are normally detected through the most advanced leak detection equipment we have — our senses! If you’re sneezing, feeling lethargic, having bad allergies, or just not feeling so good when you get home, something may be leaking into your indoor air and disturbing its quality.
Here are some simple steps to take:
1) Air Duct Cleaning, as well as deep cleaning your air conditioning fan motor.
2) Refrigerator motor cleaning (the Twin Plumbers have discovered that behind every home’s refrigerator is a hidden breeding ground for mold and mildew!
3) Whole-Home HEPA-VAC
4) Perform an indoor air test and compare it to the outside (NOTE: If you’re still experiencing issues, you may want to hire a hygenist to do a more comprehensive air test on your home).
Well, we hope that these tips have been helpful! Stay updated with our blogs and check out our Youtube Account for more helpful homeowner tips! And remember, you can always call on the Twin Home Experts for help when you need it! Need a leak repaired? Call today!
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