What Are Some Ways to Detect a Natural Gas Leak?


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Ways of detecting a natural gas leak include checking the meter, the appliances and the connections for signs of damage, as well as their surroundings for both patches of dead vegetation and substances being blown about by unseen currents. Other signs could include hissing, roaring and even a whistling sound.

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In its pure state, natural gas is colorless, odorless and tasteless. When it is sent through the transmission lines, it can pick up a stale petroleum smell. Furthermore, natural gas companies mix their natural gas with small amounts of mercaptan so that it smells like sulphur, which often is said to smell like rotten eggs.

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