Natural gas has no color or smell. This is why gas companies add a chemical called mercaptan to the supply; this is the chemical that releases the rotten egg smell in the event of a gas leak.
However, gas leaks may still be occurring even if you don’t smell rotten eggs. Look out for these other clues:
- Hissing sounds coming from the lines near your gas appliances indicate pipes that are broken and possibly leaking
- A patch of dead or dying vegetation near your gas line (while other areas of your lawn seem normal)
- In looser earth, look for dirt or dust blowing from a hole; this is pressurized air escaping
Contact us immediately if you notice any of these signs. We will track the leak and work with local gas providers to make sure your gas line is repaired.