Smells coming from the furnace are never a good sign. Burning smells and musty odors are common, but the smell of natural gas leaking should alarm you. That is because natural gas leaks are very dangerous. When enough gas is allowed to fill an area, even the slightest spark could initiate an explosion or a fire. Many Chicago and Chicago area homes rely on several gas powered appliances, and in many cases the furnace, boiler, or hot water tank are the largest of these appliances that use gas to create heat. Being able to recognize gas leaks and knowing what to do in the event of a leak will help you better protect your family from the dangers associated with natural gas leaks.
Sound, Sight, and Smell
There are three main ways that you can recognize the presence of a gas leak in your home:
- Sound: Even pin-hole leaks and tiny gaps in piping can release large amounts of natural gas, and one of the ways you will recognize these leaks is through sound. Natural gas leaks are known to make a hissing noise that you should be able to hear over the normal operation noises of the heating system.
- Sight: When natural gas accumulates in an area it will create a fog-like cloud.
- Smell: Most people have smelt natural gas before and can immediately recognize its distinct odor. However, for those who haven’t, you should always contact a professional whenever any unusual smell is detected. (more…)