What's that gas smell in the house?

August 9, 2016

If there is a gas smell in the house while you read these lines, leave the premises and call 911 without delay. If not, keep on reading.
In its purest form, natural gas is odourless, but not harmless. For consumer safety and to prevent leaks, organic compounds called thiols or mercaptans are added to the gas. That's what makes the gas smell like rotten eggs. Are you wondering if the additive is toxic? Don’t worry, it’s perfectly safe. The proof? Those famous stink bombs sold in practical joke stores are made with the same smelly substance!

What's that gas smell in the house?

The advantages of natural gas                                                               

It’s for a good reason that there are many natural gas supporters in Canada. A natural gas furnace makes a home cozy and welcoming. And several appliances can run on natural gas, including water heaters, stoves, fireplaces, patio heaters, pool heaters, and barbecues. Natural gas provides a reliable source of energy that performs consistently well. It’s non-toxic and clean for the environment, and it’s the fuel that produces the least greenhouse gas emissions.

Entrust the installation to a specialist

Jobs related to installing and maintaining any natural gas system in your home have to be entrusted to a qualified plumbing contractor. These expert plumbers carry out the work according to industry standards and building codes. A certified plumber can also correct a malfunction or damage when a gas smell in the house seems suspicious.


If you detect a gas smell in the house, leave the building immediately!

  • Do not use the elevator or the escalator
  • Do not turn on or turn off any electric appliances or light switches
  • Do not use your telephone or cell phone inside or anywhere in proximity to the building
  • Do not smoke
  • Do not start your car if it’s near the building
  • Call 911 from a neighbour’s home

If you ever feel dizzy or nauseated or if you experience headaches near a gas operated appliance, leave the premises immediately and call for help. Don’t take foolish risks.

How to choose the best natural gas system?

Most plumbing contractors can help you choose the right natural gas appliances by evaluating your energy requirements. They can suggest safe systems that will enhance your comfort and embellish your decor as well.

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