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While natural gas is one of the safest fuels, small gas leaks can still occur. Knowing how to detect a leak can help reduce risks to people and property.
3 ways to help you determine if you have a natural gas leak
In its pure state, natural gas has no smell. As a safety precaution, a scent called butyl mercaptan is added. This substance smells like rotten eggs or sulphur so that even the smallest leaks can be detected.
Natural gas is clear and colorless, but can leave visible signs of a leak including patches of dead vegetation, blowing dust from holes in the ground, bubbles in wet or flooded areas, or even flames. In some cases, spotting vapors or ground frosting can suggest a high-pressure leak.
A hissing or roaring noise along the right-of-way of a pipeline can indicate a natural gas leak.