Now that the price of electricity is rising, many people are turning to gas as a cheaper option for heating and cooking. Detroit gas heating is particularly nice to feel, efficient and clean. It provides quick heat that seems to circulate well and so it warms the whole house up in no time. Not all areas have piped gas, and so the next option is to buy bottled gas and have it installed and connected to your heater – and other appliances such as a gas stove and water heater, if you desire.
However, you have to make sure you get a fully trained and experienced technician to do this as any gas leak can have disastrous consequences. Gas leaks often cannot be detected until the damage has been done. This damage can consist of an explosion that destroys the whole home, or if it is inside it can have the devastating effect of poisoning the whole household. This silent killer can seep though the rooms or find a low spot to gather in. In the latter case it may cause a sudden fireball if someone wanders into the area and lights up their cigarette or tries to start the stove.
While the smell of gas can alert homeowners to a leak, if they are asleep at the time the smell will go unnoticed. People seldom waken just for a bad odour and if that odour brings with it deadly carbon monoxide as gas contains then they will soon be rendered unconscious.
Gas tanks in cars are particularly liable to explosion if an accident damages the tank and causes it to leak. There is little hope for the occupants of the car in such a case. It is not only the force of the explosion that can cause injury and damage, but the resulting fire. If the occupants suffer injury from the accident, then they will be unable to save themselves from any fire or explosion.
It is wise for people who use gas in their homes to have it checked on a regular basis by a registered and licensed Detroit gas plumber. Not everyone can smell a gas leak, but there are other signs and symptoms that you should be aware of that are caused by a gas leak.
Signs of a Gas Leak
- A sudden headache for which there is no other explanation. This may be accompanied by dizziness. To check whether it might be caused by a gas leak go outside and see if it stops. Ask other people if they are experiencing similar symptoms.
- Nausea along with a headache can be a symptom of a gas leak. This is more likely when the house is shut up and there is no adequate ventilation.
- Breathlessness or difficulty in breathing. Gas leaks suck oxygen from the air and this is more likely to affect youngsters or elderly people. Such a lack of oxygen will eventually cause unconsciousness.
- Extreme fatigue that passes when the person moves to another location. The fatigue is also caused by lack of oxygen in the body.