We've been smelling a very faint gas order outside. It comes and goes
so it is hard to locate. We don't smell it inside the house at all. We
do have a gas furnace, water heater, dryer and fireplace. None of
which is on when we smell the gas. Since it isn't a consistent oder I
am not sure if the gas company will be able to locate where it is
coming from. Is it possible to be smelling the unignited gas from a
neighbors furnace? We seem to notice this oder the most during this
time of year. It does make me nervous cause I am not sure if it is
dangerous or how to find out what it is. Should we be concerned?
If there's a small leak, it could turn into a big leak.
Call the gas company. They have (I'm told) very sophisticated "sniffer"
devices that can find the source. I think the sniffer device may be called
'Beagle,' but I'm not sure.
Good idea. I was smelling the same type of thing. There was a crack and
the gas was escaping. I got both water heater and furnace replaced. I
knew they were in for changing anyway. Good thing they put the smell into
What he said. We had the same situation some years ago and it was a
break in the main in the street in front of the house. I called and a
guy came with the sniffer, checked inside, then outside and found it
Call the gas company NOW. They take gas leaks very seriously, and
they'll send out a technician right away.
The technician will have the tools to track down the leak. You might be
saving your neighbor's life--or yours.
Since it's been this long, maybe call about 9 Am tomorrow. Anyhow, the gas
company will want to know. If nothing else, they are losing salable product.
They could be selling that natural gas, instead of leaking it out.
gas leaks can be very serious. near where I grew up, there was a high
pressure gas transmission line that blew up, killed 6 people, changed
the area forever.
a old neighbor had gas smell in his basement. but had no leaks hmself.
tracked to gas leaking from bottom of hill 1/2 mile away, getting into
sewer line, gas is lighter than air so it went uphill, till it reached
a small crack in sewer line, and got in his basement.
gas company will be happy to check for free, if its your line leaking
you will have to pay for repairs which is way better than having a
explosion and possible deaths
I will call in the morning. At this point we are not smelling the odor
at all. It is frustrating. It is so random. We smell it in the
backyard mostly which is not where the gas meter is or the gas line we
don't even have neighbors in the back of us just on each side. I am
afraid it is going to be like taking your car into the mechanics for a
noise but when at the mechanics the car doesn't make the noise but
better safe than sorry I suppose.
Probably nothing, but better safe than sorry. Gas company will use their
electronic nose thing to scout out all the usual likely culprits. Within
limits, they will be happy to come and check for free- cheap insurance
for them. Any defective item, they will disconnect and red-tag.
(repair/replacement is your problem.) This time of year, always a good
idea to check all exterior vents (roof and walls) for bird nests, clumps
of leaves, etc. Gas fireplaces and outdoor grills are a common leak
location, if the shutoff valve is getting sloppy. Even when you aren't
using your gas appliances, the gas is still running to them. Older
appliances have a pilot light, which usually burns off any minor
leakage, but newer ones with electronic igniters may leak a little if
the valve thingy is dirty or broken.
BTW, what you smell isn't the gas- that is odorless. You are smelling
mercaptan (sp?), the stuff they add to make it stink, so you will notice
Or, it could just be a backed-up sewer line, coming up through a vent
If you smell gas there may be a leak but dont bet on the gas co
finding it, or even realy caring. 3 times at different locations I
have had the gas co give up on first trys to find small leaks, I had
to get them back out to eventualy locate them, My nose is more
sensitive than their eletronic sniffers, I have alot of plants and
never smelled one that smelled like Mercaptin. A septic and sewer can
smell similar. This time of year in many areas presure is boosted by
the gas co, they do it evey fall across the street from me. This could
leak more gas before the ground freezes and you are inside all
winter. Walk around when no wind and try to find the strongest area
of smell for them to look, I hope it not under a nice tree.
had a home explode, totally leveled, when i was groing up. several
streets away, had debris in our yard.
it may be nothing but it could be critical.
not long ago in pittsburgh a cable crew hit a gas line, and left the
area never reported it to anyone,.
a couple hours later a family came home, and detonated their home.
Plenty of other good posts. As said already: Do call the gas company.
I have an interesting story.
Same deal - faint odor.
Called gas company. Quick response. Had a sniffer.
No luck finding a leak in the house or at the meter area.
Tech sees a pipe going into the ground. "What's that for?"
"Goes to the gas grill over there"
Tech takes a cigarette lighter and ignites the the leak at ground level
where the pipe had rusted out!!
We capped the pipe.
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