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How to Detect and Respond to a Gas Leak

Gas leaks can be extremely dangerous, and it is important to know what to do if you suspect one in your home. In this blog post, we will discuss how to detect a gas leak, and the steps you should take to respond safely and effectively. By being aware of the signs of a gas leak and familiarizing yourself with the appropriate response, you can protect yourself and your family from the potential hazards of a gas leak.

How to tell if there’s a gas leak

Gas leaks are a serious safety hazard, so it’s important to know how to detect them. To tell if there is a gas leak, you should be aware of the signs and smells. If you smell an unusual odour, such as rotten eggs or sulphur, then you may have a gas leak. Another sign may be unusual noises or signs of damage to your plumbing fixtures, especially your gas stove.

If you notice any of these signs or smells, you should act immediately.

What to do if you smell gas

If the gas smell is in the street or on your property (before or including the gas meter), there are a couple of things to check first.

If the smell is near your gas meter, it doesn’t always mean there is a leak. The regulator will sometimes bleed off small amounts of gas to lower the gas supply pressure into your house.

If you have noticed the gas smell near your instantaneous hot water system, then it could possibly be carbon monoxide which is released from the flue when the system is in use. This is a normal part of the unit’s operation, so if someone has just used the hot water in the house when you notice the smell, it may just be this.

If either of these scenarios might be the reason for the gas smell, monitor for an hour or so and if the smell remains constant, then call a licensed plumbing and gas company to diagnose and if necessary, fix the leak. Plumbing Bros is available 24/7, 365 days per year, call us on 1300-057-827.

If you detect the smell of gas in your home, it is important to take the necessary safety precautions.  

The best thing to do if you think you have a gas leak is to isolate the main gas meter (switch off your gas supply) and leave your home. Make sure to open windows and doors to ventilate your home before leaving. Do not attempt to fix the leak yourself, as this could cause an explosion. Contact a licensed gas fitter as soon as possible to locate and repair the leak.

Remember, a gas leak can cause an explosion or fire if safety precautions are not followed. It’s important not to look for a gas leak with a naked flame or other ignition sources. Don’t operate any kind of electrical equipment close to a gas leak. Even simple things like turning a light switch on or off or using a telephone can be hazardous. For your safety and the safety of others, don’t smoke, use a match or a lighter while inside or while on the property.

How to turn off your gas supply

You’ll need to locate your gas meter, which is usually found in a metal box attached onto the side of your house, commonly opposite the driveway or in your front garden. Turn the gas meter off by rotating the valve 90 degrees so that it reaches a horizontal position. Doing this will ensure that no more gas will enter your home and any potential gas leaks can be safely dealt with.

When to call a licensed gas fitter

If you identify that the source of the gas leak is within your home, or you’re not certain about where the smell is coming from, it’s important to call a qualified gas fitter. Give them a quick summary of the situation and request urgent service.

Plumbing Bros have licensed gas fitters across the country and are available to assist with emergencies 24/7, 365 days per year. Find your local Plumbing Bros team or call us on 1300 057 827.