How to Check for Gas Leaks In a Home : Home Safety

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hi I'm Gabriel Williams

I'm a certified firefighter in the state

of Illinois today we're going to talk

about how to check for gas leaks in your


now there's some information you need to

know about gas first of all natural gas

is an odorless colorless gas so

typically you wouldn't smell it however

there's an additive in it called

mercaptan that smells similar to rotten

eggs or rotten cabbage is what a lot of

people say if you have that smell in

your home you want to open some windows

or get it out out of the home to some

fresh air vent the area as much as

possible as far as checking for those

leaks in the pipes behind your stove or

in pipe fittings if you have a gas hot

water heater a gas dryer things like

that if you suspect there's a leak from

those pipes because you're getting that

odor what you can do is take a small

glass with a little bit of water in it

take some common dish soap or laundry

detergent mix a little in with the water

take any type of brush an old paintbrush

or a brush like this mix that up until

you get some bubbles and then rub that

on the pipe near the fitting that you

think is leaking what that'll do is

that'll create bubbles if there is an

actual leak in which case you can then

call a professional to come and fix it

other gases that could be common in your

home would be carbon monoxide poisoning

that can come from things like your

dryer a wood-burning stove a chimney if

you have a fireplace that's not venting

properly and that is a very dangerous

gas as well it's also colorless and

odorless so you will not smell carbon

monoxide in your house that's why it's

important to have a carbon monoxide

detector if that detector goes off get

out of your home some of the symptoms of

carbon monoxide poisoning can be nausea

dizziness weakness vomiting things like

that confusion if you're experiencing

those symptoms get out of your home to


share and call 911 will come and they'll

check your home for carbon monoxide or

other gases it's better safe than sorry

the best way to survive these things is

early detection so make sure you have

good carbon monoxide detectors my name

is gabriel williams and we've been

talking about how to check for gas leaks

in your home