Why does one corner of my house smell like natural gas? Especially when there are no leaks in the house?
September 25, 2007 1:34 PM Subscribe
I've had a persistent natural gas smell in my house for the past 10 days. The power company shut it off for about 5 days, my landlord went through two times with a plumber to
find any potential leaks, and then had to get a city inspector to verify that there are no leaks. So the gas is back on and it's still smells - what's going on and how do I stop it?
posted by gov_moonbeam to Home & Garden (17 answers total)
If I run the vent over the stove and keep the windows open,
it's okay. But go away for a day or two (or shut the place up
overnight) and you start to get a whiff of it again. The plumber's theory is that it may be triggered by the ignition in my stove or the furnace and because I'm on the bottom floor of a duplex, it's pooling there. Which makes sense because I have an archway between the front (kitchen & living area) and back (bedroom & bath) areas of the house. The smell is always at the very front right corner of the arch at the entry to that hall. The smell always stays up in the front area of the house. We had thought that it was a fissure in the dryer line, but there was no leak detected there, plus he put in completely new fixtures yesterday.
At any rate, my landlord did his part to make sure there's no gas leak. But the smell is still there and I'd like to fix the problem instead of having to constantly run the vent over my stove and keeping a couple of windows open. Not to mention having constant paranoia about gas poisoning.
I'll be buying natural gas detectors for my bedroom and the affected area, but I'm not sure what else I can do. Everything I've read suggests it's due to a ventilation problem. But if I can identify the specific source of where the problem is, I can't really tell him what to fix. It started around the time that the weather started to cool off, so my guess is either the furnace or the stove because both were off during the Summer.