How can you tell if you have a natural gas leak in your house?
How can you tell if you have a natural gas leak in your house?

What does natural gas smell like if it’s leaking?

Natural gas has no odor. Gas companies add a harmless chemical called mercaptan to give it its distinctive “rotten egg” smell. All natural gas and propane pipeline gas in Connecticut is odorized. If you smell gas near an appliance, it may be just a pilot light that has gone out or a burner valve that is open slightly.

What else can smell like a gas leak?

What is this? Remember that sulfur can cause a similar smell to carbon monoxide. If you don't have a gas leak in your home, then sulfur from bacteria in sewage lines could be the cause of the pungent odor. Another possibility is a gas leak at a neighbor's home or a city line that's burst around your house.

What does natural gas smell like in house?

Rotten Egg Smell Natural gas and propane have a distinctive smell for a reason. For safety purposes, utility companies use an additive called mercaptan that gives the colorless and odorless gases a smell that is hard to miss. Most people describe this smell like something like rotten eggs, sewage, or sulfur.

Do I have to pay if I have a gas leak?

Calling the National Gas Emergency number to report a gas leak is free. An emergency gas engineer will be sent, free of charge, to 'make safe' your property. They won't repair appliances or pipework, though, that's something you'll need to arrange and pay for yourself. Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer.

Can you claim on house insurance for gas leak?

Most home insurance policies will cover repairs to damaged underground water, gas and sewage pipes that cross your private land to service your home.