Natural Gas Safety & Risks in your Home

We surround ourselves with many different kinds of fuels in our everyday life. Most of the time we do not consider the risks of using such fuels including natural gas.

We come home from work and switch the heating on, and there it is, natural Gas which is both considered to be convenient and a cost effective fuel, but what are the risks associated with natural gas that we use daily in our homes?

Common Gas Safety Risks

When it comes to gas appliances it is important that they are well maintained and properly installed according to manufacturer’s instructions.. Defective or badly maintained appliances can put you at risk from fires, explosions, gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Gas leaks

Gas leaks can occur from pipework and appliances. They happen when equipment is poorly maintained or faulty. A special deodorant is now added to gas to ensure that you can more easily detect gas leaks.

You may not be at an immediate risk from carbon monoxide poisoning but fires and explosions can easily happen when gas is leaking.

To avoid gas leaks in your home, it is important to keep up with maintenance, and quickly deal with problems when they arise. Especially look out for green discoloration or rust on copper pipework. If, you notice a problem you should contact a qualified HVAC or heating contractor.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas which is emitted from faulty or badly maintained appliances. You can’t smell it, taste or see it but it can kill very quickly.

It can lead to many different health problems, and even a small amount can be highly toxic. It is always best to fit one or two carbon monoxide detectors in your home to avoid any health problems.

Gas in a new home

When you are buying a home, always make sure that any installed gas appliances have been checked and serviced. If, the current homeowner cannot provide bills or receipts, you should ask a heating contractor to make an inspection.

Gas repairs can be expensive so it is important to make sure that all equipment is in good working order. A licensed HVAC/heating contractor or appliance repair person will check that there are no leaks, and that the equipment installed is in good order.

New appliances

We all need to invest and buy new appliances from time to time. Gas appliances are still very popular, and I personally like to cook with gas.

There are many bogus or fake HVAC or gas appliance installers out there, and they can cause a lot of problems in your home. Make sure that doesn’t happen to you by asking to see proof of affiliation to professional organizations. With gas things can easily go wrong, and it is important to have full confidence in your gas service.

Homeowners who undertake home remodeling projects often change gas appliances such as boilers. Make sure that you are being supplied with a reliable brand, and the product has a proper warranty.

It is also a good idea to set up a regular maintenance contract for your new gas appliances. This will help to make sure your system is maintained on a regular basis.

Ventilation

Ventilation is important when it comes to gas, so discuss the best way to setup ventilation with your home remodeling contractor.

Natural gas is not the only reason to have good ventilation in your home. If, you have many pressed wood products such as a ready made kitchen, you should make sure your ventilation system works well. Pressed wood products give of a gas called formaldehyde which can also be dangerous.

When you detect a faint smell of gas, check if the pilot light is out on your furnace or check if any stove burner is not completely turned off. After that try to open nearby windows and doors to ventilate the area. Do not attempt to re-light any candle or stove without ventilating the area first.

Even if you think you do not have a gas leak in your home but you smell strong odor of gas in your house, you should get out and stay out until the problem can be rectified. Call your local utility company immediately.

Hire a Contractor now to get help with these kinds of issues.

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