Do I have a gas leak?

One application for metal tubes is carrying gas. The pipes exist in a large number of households in the UK. They can feed furnaces, stoves and ovens, boilers, and more. There are also commercial and industrial applications here. Techniques like tube expansion are useful for adapting the tubing to suit the specific properties.

While lines are common, it is important to remember that the gas is poisonous and flammable. You don’t want to breathe it in. A gas leak in your tubing system can lead to health problems and expensive property damage. As a result, you need to know what the signs of a gas leak are. You must also know what to do when you discover one. Read on to find out more.

Rotten egg smell

Tube expansionMost gases, particularly natural ones, are colourless and odourless. For safety purposes, utility companies make use of additives. They introduce an artificial smell that is difficult to miss. Mercaptan and similar odourants are responsible for this rotten egg scent. Other people describe the smell as like sulphur or sewage. It is among the most easily noticeable and common signs of a gas leak.

So, if you manage to notice this particular smell, you will want to investigate. It could be originating from your gas line or a gas-powered appliance. If it is, you likely have a leak. You should get a professional to check. You may need repairs or a replacement, perhaps even new tubing and tube expansion to adapt it.

Hissing noises

These sounds are something else you will want to watch out for. If you have a gas leak in your appliance or tubing, it will create this kind of noise. It will happen even when you have the gas turned off.

Ensure you examine your appliances and tubes frequently. Listen for even the faintest of hissing noises. If you hear them, it is a good idea to get a professional to have a look. There may be something loose or broken.

Dying or dead indoor plants

The plants you have at home could be sensitive to their surroundings. This is particularly true when you expose them to gas. As for why, it is because an overabundance of gas stops plant roots from absorbing oxygen. What you end up with is decay. Another thing gas can do is make your plants turn yellow and generate smaller foliage than normal. Any stunted, wilting, or dead plant that is struggling to recover could possibly be a sign of a leak.

Bill increases

Watch out for higher gas bills as well. Like when there is a water leak, a leaking gas line will increase the amount your property uses. It leads to bigger utility bills than usual. Investigate if you feel that a bill is abnormally high.

Mist or fog

Even though most gases are colourless, they can still generate a sort of white fog or mist within the property. If you spot some unusual murkiness, it could be that your gas lines are undergoing a major leak.


Gas tubes run underground outside the property too. Any standing water, especially puddles, can have bubbles if there is a leak. This is the result of gas escaping the lines. It disperses through soil and breaks out into the air via the liquid. If you see puddles bubbling, there may be a gas leak.

The physical symptoms

Another thing you need to know is that there are physical signs of gas poisoning. They can include lower appetite, sudden mood changes, tinnitus, chest pain, and nose bleeds. Others are eye, nose, and throat irritation, flu-like symptoms, higher fatigue, and breathing trouble. If you have any combination of these, take immediate action.

We always meet high standards with tube expansion and more

At Multiform Tubes Engineering Ltd, we use our broad range of services to provide stellar tubing. No matter what the job is, our highly experienced and talented team will aim for the same high standards. The customer service we offer is also nothing short of excellent as well.

So, feel free to get in touch if you need our help with tube expansion or any other service. We can deliver precise products for various needs, including tubing for transporting gas and other substances.