Using natural gas as a fuel is greatly beneficial to all the households in several ways. Apart from it being a highly efficient fuel, it is also soot free and environmentally friendly. But as beneficial as this fuel is, it is equally hazardous if proper precautions are not taken. Ideally, you should call a gas plumber to keep checking the safety connections at regular intervals to ensure that there are no loopholes in the gas plumbing line that can lead to a disaster. Apart from that, there are some clear signs that signal that you need to call a gas plumber. People who are not well aware of these risks tend to ignore these signs and such negligence can lead to dire consequences. So, to stay safe and protect your home from burning down into ashes due to a small error or negligence, it is better to know the signs that shout out loud for a gas plumber. Here is the list of all of those:
Any change in the flame that is given out by the appliances: Any appliance that uses natural gas as fuel, always gives out a blue flame. Natural gas being a type of fuel that burn efficiently, it always gives out a blue flame. So, if there is any other colour of flame like yellow or orange, it is time to call up a gas plumber. Instead of assuming the flame is just a usual change, you need to be alarmed with the change in colour of the flame. There are several other warning signs that indicate a faulty connection.
* Sooty flame
* Sooty build-ups around the appliances
* Pilot lights needing to be relighted often
* Gas smell in the house every time you turn on the gas supply knob
The symptoms of carbon monoxide: Carbon monoxide is the constituent of the gaseous fuel flowing through your gas pipes. This gas is extremely dangerous to humans if inhaled. The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, and acute headaches. If you spot these symptoms in all the present members of the house at the same time, it is a clear sign of carbon monoxide poisoning due to a faulty gas appliance. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be really dangerous and even fatal. So, you are supposed to switch off all the gas appliances at once and leave the house. Call the paramedics as well as a gas plumber immediately.
Ensure that your gas appliance are safe: You should call a plumber to conduct an annual diagnostic check. A gas plumber will conduct thorough checks for leakage or faults and give you a report of safety. The gas plumber can also rectify all the faults and thereby making your home a safer place to live in. Conducting annual check-ups makes your home 99% hazard-free. Also, if your area faces any kind of adverse natural disasters like earthquakes, storms, or any such natural calamity, you need to get these gas lines and appliances checked. These pipelines are prone to damage during such disasters. So, to be safe, you can get it checked.
A carbon monoxide detector is a must in every home: Call a gas plumber and ask him to fix a carbon monoxide detector and conduct a drill to ensure the efficient working of the alarm as well as give you detailed instructs regarding the emergency time when the alarm goes off. This way, you can be completely safe from any gas leakage disasters.
All these signs and tips are necessary to ensure home safety for any home that has a gas fuel connection. Above all, while buying gas appliances, you need to look for the label on the appliance that say that is is gas safe registered. Having unregistered appliances in your home makes you more prone to danger. Consult a gas plumber if you have any doubts regarding any kind of gas appliances and gas connections.