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Propane Smells And Plumbing Odors: Sniffing Them Out

Propane Smells And Plumbing Odors: Sniffing Them Out

Gas is something you expect to smell at the fuel station, but when it crops up in your home, it can be alarming. The threat of a fire or an explosion becomes suddenly tangible when you get a whiff of propane smells and plumbing odors; on the other hand, it’s almost impossible to pinpoint where that gas is escaping from. Luckily, that’s where we can help. Our professional sniffer test system will hone in on the exact source of a sneaky gas leak–before it has a chance to cause any major damage.

How do I know if I have a gas leak? Gas may be invisible, but it’s far from hidden. That’s because it makes its presence known by its distinctive smell. Different types of gas will produce different odors, but the two most common are propane (the familiar smell you encounter at the fuel station) and methane. Methane gas occurs together with hydrogen sulfide–the gas responsible for that nasty rotten egg smell–and is a sign that the leak is coming from a sewage pipe. (As we know, plenty of things can go wrong with your sewage system–read more on how to avoid unwanted plumbing odors in the future.) Both are considered hazardous and require immediate attention.

How does a sniffer test work? Sniffer tests are the best way to determine the source of a gas leak on exposed pipes. The sniffer device is equipped with an alarm and runs alongside the pipe under inspection. As soon as the device detects gas, the alarm will sound, allowing us to address the problem with speed and accuracy.

What if the leak is in a pipe that isn’t exposed? Not to worry: We can also identify leaks by conducting a smoke test, which is ideal for pipes that are rendered inaccessible by walls and flooring.

Because of its hazardous nature, a leaky pipe is more than an annoyance; it’s something that needs to be checked out immediately. All it takes is one call for us to stop propane smells and plumbing odors in their tracks.