What makes gas smell

familyhandyman.comSulfur is often the cause of a gas smell in homes without gas leaks. It smells identical to the foul rotten odor of gas leaks, but it’s not nearly as harmful in this case. Bacteria found in sewage systems or your kitchen sink release sulfur over time, causing the smell to permeate your home.

Does natural gas have its own natural smell?

On its own, natural gas has no odour. However, your gas provider accounts for this by adding an extra chemical: mercaptan. If the air smells slightly musky or skunky, that’s the mercaptan, a mild sulfur compound. Since natural gas is lightweight, it rises in the air.

Why does natural gas have a smell added to it?

Natural gas itself is odorless, but has an additive that makes it smell like rotten eggs. This is designed to alert you if there is a leak in your area, as it can be very dangerous. If you smell a rotten egg smell around your natural gas fireplace, is important to leave your home immediately and contact your local utility service.

What exactly does natural gas smell like?

Natural gas is an efficient, safe, colorless and odorless gas. For easy detection, we add a harmless chemical called mercaptan to give gas a distinctive odor. Most people describe the smell as rotten eggs or hydrogen sulfide like odor.

What causes the distinct smell of natural gas?

Natural gas gives off a garlic-like smell. It can also be described as smelling like a rotten egg or sulfur. This smell is actually added to the natural gas by utility companies to warn customers of a potential leak. When a gas leak is present, it can interact with electrical and fire sources.

What are the effects of smelling natural gas?

The most noticeable effect of breathing the small concentrations of natural gas associated with a new or slowly leaking appliance is the overwhelming, nauseating smell of rotten eggs. This smell is the chemical mercaptan that is added to the naturally unscented gas to make it easier to detect leaks.

What causes the distinct smell of natural gas?

Natural gas gives off a garlic-like smell. It can also be described as smelling like a rotten egg or sulfur. This smell is actually added to the natural gas by utility companies to warn customers of a potential leak. When a gas leak is present, it can interact with electrical and fire sources.

What is added to natural gas to give it its smell?

You can’t see or taste natural gas so we made sure you can smell it. A harmless gas called mercaptan is added to natural gas to make it smell like rotten eggs (or sulphur).

What is the smell put into natural gas called?

A harmless gas called mercaptan is added to natural gas to make it smell like rotten eggs (or sulphur). Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms can’t detect a gas leak, but your nose can. No energy source is safer or more reliable than natural gas.