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02/09/2016

Responding to a Gas Leak in Colorado Springs

A gas leak is a major hazard and should be addressed immediately in case you come across one. Natural gas is highly flammable and the smallest of sparks is sufficient for causing ignition. Here are some tips for how to detect and how to respond to a gas leak in or near your home.

Recognizing a Gas Leak in Colorado Springs

Seeing and Hearing a Gas Leak

If you suspect a gas leak, look for dirt or water being blown in the air around or near your pipeline. Dead or dying vegetation over or near your pipes is another indication. Of course, in case of fire, explosion, earthquake, flood, or other disaster that could damage your gas lines, you are likely to find a leak. You may also hear a gas leak, a hissing, whistling, or roaring sound near the pipeline.

Smelling a Natural Gas Leak

Because natural gas is hard to smell on its own, a distinctive odor is added to help in the detection of a leak. There are many reasons not to trust your smell alone, however. Some people do not have the sense of smell required to detect natural gas. Olfactory fatigue, for example, results from prolonged exposure to the smell, so you become so used to it that you do not notice. The odor can also be easily masked by cooking smells or damp, musty, or chemical odors. Odor fade also results, where the special odor added to natural gas is diminished. Some of the physical and chemical conditions that cause odor fade include:
  • Construction and configuration of your gas facilities;
  • Rust, moisture, liquids, or other substances present in your gas lines;
  • The composition, pressure, and flow of the gas;
  • New pipe installations;
  • Large steel pipes;
  • Soil; and
  • Intermittent, little or no gas flow over an extended period that normally lasts until gas flow increases or becomes more frequent.

For Water Damage Restoration in Colorado Springs

If your home is damaged by gas, fire, smoke, water, mold, or natural disaster, you need to call DKI Buffalo Builders in Colorado Springs immediately. We are on call 24-7 to respond to any property damage emergency. Find out more about services from our website and call (970) 330-8855 when you need us.

Gas Safety Tips in Colorado Springs

Follow these safety tips to take care of your gas appliances to keep them running efficiently and prevent potential disasters.
  • Have your gas appliances and gas lines inspected annually by a licensed professional.
  • Keep airflow clear by not storing anything near a gas appliance that might restrict airflow to and from the appliance.
  • Do not use your gas appliance as heaters. Using your oven to heat your home, for example, is a severe safety hazard.
  • Properly store flammable and combustible items including gasoline, paints, solvents, insecticides, adhesives, rags, mops, paper, and anything else that can catch fire quickly. Never store these items near gas appliances.
  • Open the fireplace and chimney damper completely when using decorative fireplace logs.

How to React in Case of a Gas Leak in Colorado Springs

A gas leak is an emergency of extreme hazard. Loose gas can result in fire, explosion, property damage, and extreme body injury. To keep yourself and your family safe, follow this guide for how to respond to a gas leak.
  • Immediately evacuate the area, and call your local gas company once at a safe distance and location. They are available 24 hours a day to respond to such emergencies.
  • Call 911 if the gas leak can result in serious bodily harm or property damage;
  • Do not light a cigarette, candle, match, lighter, or any other source of fire or spark;
  • Do not turn on or off any electrical switches, including lights;
  • Do not start any engine, including your car, or use any electronic device that could cause a spark, including your telephone;
  • Do not try to repair the leak yourself. Leave the hazardous duty to the professionals;
  • Do not turn on or off any equipment that could cause a spark;
  • Do not attempt to control the leak or repair a damaged pipe or meter;
  • Motorized or electrically powered equipment could cause a spark, so do not turn them on or off, but safely abandon them and get yourself and your family to safety;
  • Be aware that gas leaking from a plastic pipe can cause static electricity that can ignite the gas.

For Mold Removal in Colorado Springs

When your home is damaged by fire, gas, smoke, mold, flood, or other natural disaster, you need to respond immediately to get back to your normal life. That is why DKI Buffalo Builders is here. We respond to your emergency immediately to begin property cleaning, repair, and restoration. Give us a call on our 24-hour Emergency Response Line at (970) 330-8855. You can find out more about us and our services from our webpage.