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Heating Safety Tip: Gas Leaks

Natural gas is one of the most revered resources in the modern household, and it is not difficult to understand why. Unlike oil or propane, both of which may be used with combustion based heating systems, natural gas does not require delivery, nor must it be stored on-site. Instead, natural gas is piped directly to the home from a gas main, and directly to the necessary appliances via the gas piping system. 

Now, safe as modern plumbing and heating systems may be, you must keep in mind that the development of a gas leak is not an impossibility. Natural gas may leak out of a gas line buried on your property, or it may leak at a connection point within your home, including that of your heating system in Chesapeake, VA. Because natural gas is a combustible fuel, the swift resolution of any gas leaks is a must. That is why you must learn to recognize that there is a leak to begin with.


Natural gas is actually without a scent in its natural state, much like carbon monoxide. Whereas CO is a byproduct of incomplete combustion, though, natural gas is a supplied resource. That means that it is possible to add things to natural gas in order to make a leak more evident. That rotten egg, sulfuric odor that we recognize as natural gas is actually an additive, designed to help homeowners realize that there is a leak on their property.

Visual Clues

You don’t have to rely entirely on your nose if you have a gas leak in your gas line itself. You may notice that grass and other vegetation in a certain area of your yard is yellowing. This could be a sign that it is being poisoned by natural gas. You may also notice dirt blowing upward from the ground. This may seem like a very odd development, but the explanation is simple: the force of a gas leak is pushing dirt upward.

If you suspect that you have a gas leak, get out of your home and contact the appropriate authorities immediately. Should your gas-fired heater require service, remember that House Call Company is here to help. Contact us and see how we can make you smile.

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