Your Guide to Gas Leaks

Our gas engineers are well versed in dealing with gas leaks in both commercial and domestic properties. Here is our essential guide to detecting a gas leak –

Gas leaks can happen from faulty gas appliances or pipework and while natural gas and Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) aren’t poisonous they can lead to fires and explosions. A harmless chemical is added to gas which makes it easier to smell and detect a gas leak.

To avoid a gas leak in your home we would recommend talking to our Gas Safe registered engineers to check your gas pipework. If you spot any damage or signs of corrosion such as rusting, green discolouration on copper pipework we’d also suggest getting one of our engineers to check it out.

The Causes of Gas Leaks

Having a gas leak in your home usually stems from poorly fitted, badly maintained or a faulty appliance like a boiler or cooker. If the appliance is badly fitted gas can escape from the gas hose which leads into your appliance or from around the seal. It’s important to make sure your gas appliances are always installed by a Gas Safe registered engineer such as Ignite Facilities.

Be extra careful with old or second-hand appliances, especially if you are moving into a new or rented property.

Tell-Tale Signs of Gas Leaks

The most common sign of a leak is the smell of gas but for a carbon monoxide leak, you may encounter particular physical symptoms. If you start feeling lightheaded, ill, dizzy or nauseous go outside immediately and if the symptoms persist in the fresh air you could be feeling the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Some household appliances will show clear signs of a leak without the smell of gas, which includes:

• When a flame starts to look orange or a yellow colour rather than crisp and blue
• If the pilot light is always blowing out
• For outside appliances keep an eye out for soot or black or brown scorched areas
• A musty smell in the air or excessive condensation on the windows

How We Deal with Gas Leaks

Ignite Facilities‘ team of gas engineers have over 20 years of experience in dealing with all sorts of heating requirements in domestic and commercial properties.

Firstly, if you think you may have a gas leak then take the following steps –

• Turn off the gas supply at the emergency control valve at the meter unless it is located in your basement/cellar or at the LPG bulk tank or storage vessel
• Extinguish all naked flames
• Do not operate electrical switches or lights
• Ventilate the building

Now get in touch with us and our team of gas engineers will be able to detect whether you have a gas leak or not and deal with it.

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