Even a small gas leak can be a serious situation. In most cases, there are clear signs that a gas leak is present. Recognizing these signs and scheduling a routine New York City oil and gas inspection helps to keep your property and the people on it as safe as possible.
Bad Smell
Natural gas has an additive called mercaptan that gives it a sort of rotten eggs smell. This smell is evident inside if there is a leak. It might also be detected by your nose for a large outside leak. If you smell the odor of natural gas, leave the structure and call the utility as quickly as possible.
Dead Grass or Plants
The chemicals in natural gas cause plants to die. You might notice a strip of grass that has turned brown. Flowers, vegetables, and other plants may also change in color when there is a natural gas leak nearby. If the grass or plants a few feet away are healthy, normally colored and vigorous and one strip of plants is limp, wilted, brown or yellow, it is important to arrange for an inspection to check for a gas leak.
Air or Bubbles
If you notice air coming from the ground, causing all the nearby plants or flowers to move as if there is a strong breeze, this could be due to the pressure of a gas leak. You might also notice bubbles coming from the ground in places that are wet or muddy. If the mud is bubbling, this could be from displaced air coming up through the water. Alternatively, you might see a dry spot in a field that is otherwise moist. This is because the pressure of the gas has caused the water in the soil to evaporate or be displaced.