Several deaths in London are associated with gas leaks, alongside hundreds of hospitalisations. It is therefore crucial that all homes take gas safety seriously. Here are some of the causes of natural or helium gas leaks, how to detect the leak, and what to do if you suspect a leak in your home.
What causes gas leaks?
Poorly fitted, faulty, or badly maintained appliances like cookers and boilers are the leading causes of gas leaks in London homes.
Poorly fitted gas bottles allow the gas to pass around the seal or through the gas hose leading into the appliance. To avoid this, ensure an accredited engineer installs your gas. You should also be careful or avoid second-hand gas bottles altogether.
How to detect a gas leak
One of the most common signs of a gas leak is the smell of gas in the house. In most cases, it smells like a rotten egg or like there are dead houseplants.
Carbon monoxide poisoning, where you feel light-headed, dizzy, or nauseous inside the house but feel okay when you step out, can be another sign of gas leaks. You can also rely on household appliances to detect gas leaks.
Some of the signs include;
- A tired-looking yellow or orange colour flame instead of the normal crisp blue.
- Musty smell in the room and excessive condensation on the windows.
- Soot or brown and black scorched areas on the appliances.
How to prevent a gas leak
While detecting a gas leak early enough is crucial, you are better off preventing the leak in the first place. The best way to keep safe from gas leaks is by investing top quality appliances. Buy all your gas appliances, whether beer gas or other household gas bottles, from reputable suppliers.
Ensure all your gas installations are by a credited gas engineer. Invest in regular maintenance of the gas appliances. Also, consider installing carbon monoxide detectors in your home to keep safe from carbon monoxide poisoning if gas leaks.