HOW CAN YOU DETECT GAS LEAKS?

Here at Brackenfell Gas we understand the important of gas safety. Gas leaks present a substantial source of danger for your property as well as an enormous health risk to its occupants. In addition to the health risks, gas leaks carry explosive potential due to the highly flammable nature of the vapors.


Using your nose is the first step to detect LPG gas leakage. An odorant - Ethyl Mercaptan – is added to the naturally odourless LPG for the aid in detection of leaks. Most gas leaks occur from defective rubber tubing, faulty regulator fitting and improper handling of gas appliances. To detect a gas leak in your home, sniff for a rotten egg or sulphur smell near your gas appliances. If you detect the smell of a leak, turn off gas supply to your home, do not use electricals, and call Brackenfell Gas for assistance.


Here is a summary of other ways to detect a gas leak.

  • Hearing a gas leak hissing noise

  • Electronic gas leak detectors

  • Higher gas bills

  • Seeing moving dust or a white mist

  • Yellow, orange or red gas flame colour

  • Scorching or soot in an unusual location on the gas appliance

  • Gas pilot light keeps going out

  • Dead or dying plants or trees

  • Feeling unwell


IF YOU’RE STILL WORRIED THAT YOUR CYLINDER MAY BE LEAKING, THERE IS ANOTHER EASY WAY TO CHECK: First, you need the gas open and the appliance knob closed (this will build up pressure in the system). Next, apply soapy water to the valve area, using a sponge or brush. If there’s a gas leak, bubbles will form at the point of the leak. If your cylinder is leaking, turn off the gas bottle and get it replaced immediately.


HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOUR GAS BOTTLE IS EMPTY?

A simple test will show you how much gas is left in your cylinder. Pour hot water down one side of the bottle, and a line of condensation will appear indicating the level of the gas inside. If you don’t get a condensation line, run your hand down the side of the bottle and you should feel a distinct change of temperature at the level of the gas. The surface will be hotter where there is no gas, and cooler where there is gas. If you don’t feel a difference, the cylinder may be empty.


Paying attention to your gas system is extremely important to guarantee the safety of you and your family.

Brackenfell Gas is your local supplier of LPGas for cooking, heating water heating as well as appliances to the domestic and commercial markets.

Paying attention to your gas system is extremely important to guarantee the safety of you and your family.


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