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Many homeowners in New Jersey rely on natural gas as an efficient, useful energy source for powering stovetops, boilers, furnaces, and other home appliances. Although modern appliance design and natural gas line installation involve many stringent safety standards to prevent gas leaks, there’s always a small risk that a ruptured gas line could release flammable and poisonous gases into your home.

At MASTER PLUMBERS NJ, we provide natural gas line repair, replacement, and installation throughout north NJ. If you suspect a natural gas leak in your home, you can call us 24/7 for immediate emergency gas line repairs in NJ. Gas leaks are dangerous, so you should never wait to call a gas service contractor for repairs. Call us any time for emergency service at 201-765-0466.

Why Natural Gas Leaks are Dangerous

Natural gas is incredibly useful and relatively efficient, but it’s also dangerous if it’s not safely contained inside gas lines. Natural gas is quite volatile, a quality that makes it useful as a fuel source. Capable of generating temperatures in excess of 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, gas is an excellent power source for furnaces and boilers. However, it also carries a small but serious risk of accidents and leaks.

Natural gas is flammable, hence its use as a heat source. If natural gas escapes into an enclosed and poorly ventilated area, a small spark or a pilot light could cause the gas to ignite. In extreme scenarios, gas buildup from a natural gas leak has led to explosions that have damaged buildings and injured occupants.

Natural gas also poses a toxicity risk. Although carbon monoxide is not the main component of natural gas– which is mostly methane and other gaseous alkane compounds– it is present in significant quantities, about 40 pounds per billion BTU. This means that a gas leak can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, during which the CO binds with hemoglobin to form carboxyhemoglobin, which does not carry oxygen like hemoglobin. Effects of CO exposure can range from headaches, dizziness, and nausea, to coma and death.
Signs of a Gas Leak

If you use natural gas in your home, a carbon monoxide detector could save your life. These small, relatively inexpensive devices are similar to smoke detectors, and will alert you when significant quantities of carbon monoxide are present in the air.

In the absence of a carbon monoxide detector, the primary sign of an indoor gas leak is generally a sulfurous “rotten egg” smell. On its own, natural gas is odorless. However, for safety reasons, gas companies add a compound called t-butyl mercaptan. T-butyl mercaptan is a thiol, organosulfur compounds that contain a carbon-bonded sulfhydryl or sulphydryl group. Due to their sulfur content, thiols are incredibly odorous, even at incredibly minute concentrations– in fact, the notorious odor of skunk spray derives primarily from thiols. T-butyl mercaptan can be detected at concentrations of less than 0.33 ppm (parts per million).

If you smell rotten eggs, it’s almost certainly a gas leak. (Although in some cases, similar sulfur odors can be emitted by sewage, or can waft in your direction from a nearby wetland area.) Call a gas repair contractor immediately.

What to Do If Your Gas Line is Leaking

If your gas line is leaking, leave the area at once. You’ll need to call a gas service contractor or utility company for repairs. Do not operate any appliance or electrical device in the area where the gas is present. Do not smoke, light a match, or otherwise introduce flames, as the gas is highly flammable and potentially explosive.

Also, don’t try to locate the source of the leak. Qualified, trained gas repair contractors with the right safety equipment and protocols will take care of that. You need to remove yourself from the area to prevent poisoning.

Local Gas Repair Service Contractors NJ

Need immediate emergency gas repair service in New Jersey for a natural gas leak? At A1 Sewer & Drain Services, we’re here 24/7/365 for immediate emergency service for gas leaks, sewer backups, and other gas and plumbing emergencies. Call us any time at 201-765-0466.

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