At home or at the workplace, there are appliances that are powered by gas. However, very rarely do we give a thought to the possibility of a gas leak occurring once the gas has been installed. It’s unfortunate that the occurrences of gas leaks are more often than most of us would assume. Sometimes these leaks lead to detrimental accidents. Therefore, if you use gas either at home or at work, you must have ideas of how to know when there is a gas leak. You should also have the right tools for checking gas lines regularly. Here are some ways to help you in the detection of gas leaks:
1. Detection by Odour
In its normal state, natural gas is tasteless, colourless and odourless. However, the gas suppliers often add a scent to it to aid in easy detection whenever there’s a leak. The substance added by the utility companies to help with this is known as mercaptan. This substance has a sulphur smell. This smell can’t be mistaken for anything else because it’s often strong and unpleasant. By all means, detection by odour is the primary means of detecting if you have a gas leak. Because the scent will be stronger around the appliances that use the gas, go near these appliances and try to sniff.
2. Detection by Sound
Whenever there’s a failed seal or a crack that has occurred in the gas pipe, there will be a hissing sound produced by the gas as it seeps through the tight crack or failed seal, this causes a hissing sound either close to an appliance or near the pipe. Therefore, if you suspect there’s a gas leak and are trying to find out through its odour, you can also try to listen closely to these places. You will hear the sound of the seeping gas from the specific crack or failed seal on the appliance.
3. Detection Through a Flame
Because the gas is highly flammable, it’s likely to burst into a flame if it finds an ignition source. Therefore, if you notice a flame resulting from a location where there’s a gas pipe or appliance upon finding an ignition source, you definitely have a gas leak in your system. The ignition source can be something like an electric spark or even a pilot light. This method of detection may be an indication that you’re already at risk of having a full blown fire breakout.
4. Detection through the presence of Dead Vegetation
Because natural gas lighter compared to air, it will rise to the surface if it gets out of its chamber or pipe. This may result in the imbalance of the gases needed by the vegetation around the given area. This will cause the vegetation to start dying. So, if you notice that vegetation dies quickly or is losing their vibrant colour, it may be as a result of a gas leak.
5. Detection by Blowing Dirt or Dust
Due to the fact that natural gas is lighter than the air, it’s likely to bubble up from the ground, causing the soil around the given place to be moved around. It will blow the dust or dirt surrounding the area where there’s leakage.
These 5 methods can be very helpful for you to detect if there’s a gas leak in your premise. If you suspect or are sure that there’s a leak, be sure to quickly take the appropriate action and contact Corvee.