Early Warning Signs of a Gas Leak in Your Building


technician checking for gas detection in Houston
Gas leaks are extremely serious, so always be on the alert for gas detection in your Houston buliding.

Gas leaks pose a serious threat to any building, residential or commercial. Natural gas and propane, while essential utilities, are highly flammable and can lead to fires, explosions, and even health risks if a leak goes undetected. That’s why it’s crucial to recognize the early warning signs – your senses might just save your life and property. Wilson Fire Equipment can install and service advanced life safety systems for your Houston property. Contact us today to find out which solution will work best for you.

Don’t Ignore These Red Flags

  1. The Rotten Egg Smell: Both natural gas and propane are odorless. To aid detection, utility companies add a substance called mercaptan, creating a distinct odor reminiscent of rotten eggs or sulfur. If you detect this smell, evacuate the building immediately.
  2. Hissing or Whistling Sounds:  Gas escaping a pipe under pressure often creates a hissing or whistling sound. The intensity depends on the size of the leak.  Larger leaks might even produce a roaring sound. If you hear this, get out and don’t hesitate!
  3. Dead or Dying Plants:  Gas leaks can starve nearby plants of oxygen, causing wilting, stunted growth, or yellowing leaves. Unusual plant deterioration, especially near gas lines, warrants immediate investigation.
  4. Bubbling Water: Underground gas leaks can cause bubbling in puddles, pools, or wet ground.  This indicates gas displacing water and escaping into the atmosphere.
  5. White Cloud or Dust:  A gas leak can sometimes create a visible mist-like cloud or stir up dust, particularly near the leak source.  While not always present, this visual cue shouldn’t be dismissed.

Physical Symptoms of Gas Exposure

In addition to these sensory signs, your body might also react to a gas leak:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Flu-like symptoms

If you experience these symptoms, especially in conjunction with other potential leak signs, leave the area and seek fresh air.

Take Action – Don’t Delay

  • Evacuate: If you strongly suspect a gas leak, leave the building immediately. Don’t use matches, lighters, or operate any electrical switches.
  • Call the Gas Company: Report the leak to your gas provider from a safe location. They’ll dispatch professionals to assess and address the situation.
  • Alert the Fire Department: If you think the situation is urgent, don’t hesitate to call 911 or your local fire department for assistance.

Proactive Prevention for Gas Detection in Houston

  • Regular Maintenance: Schedule annual gas appliance inspections by qualified technicians. This can identify potential leaks before they become hazardous.
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Install these alongside smoke detectors for added safety. CO is a byproduct of incomplete combustion and can signal a gas appliance malfunction.
  • Trust the Experts: Partner with experienced gas system professionals for reliable installations, repairs, and safety advice.

Wilson Fire Equipment: Your Safety Partner in Houston Gas Detection 

At Wilson Fire Equipment, we understand gas safety is paramount. We offer comprehensive gas system services, including:

  • Leak detection and repair
  • Gas line installation
  • Appliance hookups and maintenance
  • Safety equipment sales and consultation

Don’t take chances with gas leaks.  By installing and servicing your life safety systems with Wilson Fire Equipment, you can protect yourself, your property, and those around you.