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How to Tell if There's a Gas Leak in Your Home April 17, 2018

West Plains, Howell
How to Tell if There's a Gas Leak in Your Home, West Plains, Missouri

Natural gas is one of today’s leading resources, especially when it comes to heating your home and powering appliances, but it requires proper use and care to ensure your safety. Even the slightest propane leak can have drastic consequences, placing your family at risk of a fire or other health ailments; that’s why it’s important to identify one as soon as possible. 

3 Ways to Determine if Your Home Has a Gas Leak 

1. Unusual Odors

All natural gas is colorless and odorless in its purest form, making it especially difficult to detect. That’s why there are laws requiring propane companies to use a special additive during the processing stage to give it a distinct odor. This odor usually smells like sulfur, raw sewage, or rotten eggs. If such a smell is filling your household, evacuate immediately and contact a professional to inspect it for leaks. 

2. Dead Plants

gasIf a pipe traveling to your home develops a leak, propane will begin seeping into the ground. If there are particular patches of plant growth that seem to be dying but were fine a few weeks earlier, it can indicate there’s a leak somewhere along your pipeline that’s contaminating the soil. 

3. Yellow or Orange Pilot Light Flame

Another easy way to determine if there’s a leak in your home is by giving the pilot lights on your appliances a close inspection. They should always contain a clear and steady blue flame. If your appliances have a yellow or orange flame or the pilot light frequently needs to be relit, there might be a leak in your pipeline preventing the proper amount of propane from reaching your home. 


If you think there’s a leak in your home, contact a propane company immediately to ensure you remain safe and sound. West Plains Propane in Howell County, MO, is equipped to handle a host of appliance repairs and installation services. For more than 56 years, they’ve been providing businesses and residents in the area with outstanding and affordable gas solutions. Visit them online for a closer look at what they have to offer, or call them today at (417) 256-3470 to schedule a service appointment.

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