My Apartment Smells Like Gas But The Gas Company Says It's Fine

Periodically my apartment smells like gas. The worst was when I came home from vacation. I walked in after a week and it smelled very strongly of gas. I looked at my best friend and asked if he smelled it and he said he definitely did.

Sometimes it doesn't smell like gas at all. I've haven't called the gas company up until this morning because of the come and go nature of it.

This morning I came in from walking the dog and thought it smelled like gas. I waited 20 minutes. Went outside, came back in and sure enough, I could smell it. So I called the gas company, they came with meters and detected no gas and said the couldn't smell anything.

I have no idea how a gas smell can come and go within an hour, but I guess I'm supposed to be relieved?


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Call the landlord?

Personally, I would do more.

There was a huge explosion in SF Bay Area last week, over 35 homes were destroyed, because there was a gas leak.

Not something I would mess around with...but if they say that they don't detect anything I am not sure what else you could do.
What kind of gas appliances do you have? Stove? Dryer? I'd start with them and see if something is wrong with the connections.
Call the landlord?

Personally, I would do more.

There was a huge explosion in SF Bay Area last week, over 35 homes were destroyed, because there was a gas leak.

Not something I would mess around with...but if they say that they don't detect anything I am not sure what else you could do.
Originally Posted by M2LR
the reason I called the gas company is because I talked to the maintenance guy and he was like, "Oh, yeah. We'll get right on that." That was the day I came home from vacation and it smelled really strongly. But he didn't do anything. I decided to skip the middle man this time.

But to the bolded, that's kind of how I'm feeling. Like, well, what now?


ETA: is it morbid that I think, well, if I die you there'll be a record here online that I actually did make a complaint?


What kind of gas appliances do you have? Stove? Dryer? I'd start with them and see if something is wrong with the connections.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I have a gas stove and that's it. The gas people came with a little wand and waved it around the stove and got no readings.


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Last edited by Springcurl; 09-14-2010 at 11:08 AM.
Can you ask other tenants if they have the odor in their apartment too? If they have or do I would push the gas company to check the whole building.
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Can you ask other tenants if they have the odor in their apartment too? If they have or do I would push the gas company to check the whole building.
Originally Posted by xcptnl
I'm going to ask the person in the apartment below me for sure. I wonder if HER stove has a leak and it's coming up to my apartment.


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Not trying to insult you but are you *sure* you know what natural gas smells like? I thought I did but somehow got very, very confused. And I mistook the smell of gasoline in an open gas can in my garage once for natural gas. (Maybe it was noxious odor that got me all confused and irrational?) I called the gas company...and they eventually figured out what I was actually smelling. Embarrassing but now I know to keep the two straight in my mind. They both smell gross but are quite different.
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Last edited by spiderlashes5000; 09-14-2010 at 11:38 AM.
One time I was positive that I had a gas smell in my apartment. So I called the gas company, who came within an hour. The guy also said that he couldn't detect any gas. Then he lifted the top of my stove off and sure enough, the smell was strong there. He stated that the smell was due to the fact that the inside of the stove wasn't cleaned. I felt embarrassed for wasting his time.

I'm with a PP who said to check your appliances if there's no evidence of a gas leak.
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Not trying to insult you but are you *sure* you know what natural gas smells like? I thought I did but somehow got very, very confused. And I mistook the smell of gasoline in an open gas can in my garage once for natural gas. (Maybe it was noxious odor that got me all confused and irrational?) I called the gas company...and they eventually figured out what I was actually smelling. Embarrassing but now I know to keep the two straight in my mind. They both smell gross but are quite different.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
ITA, natural gas and gasoline smell very different.
I'm not sure where you live, but one time my father called the fire department when there was a strong gas smell at my parents' house. They came right away and checked things out. And, they were able to determine where it was coming from and whether or not it posed a fire hazard.

Maybe worth a try.
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Not trying to insult you but are you *sure* you know what natural gas smells like? I thought I did but somehow got very, very confused. And I mistook the smell of gasoline in an open gas can in my garage once for natural gas. (Maybe it was noxious odor that got me all confused and irrational?) I called the gas company...and they eventually figured out what I was actually smelling. Embarrassing but now I know to keep the two straight in my mind. They both smell gross but are quite different.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
Not insulted. I do know what it smells like but what I AM trying to figure out is if there's a smell that smells LIKE gas but isn't gas. Like, does the smell of the vegetation in the pond across the street smell like gas? I suppose I should stop fretting about it if the gas company couldn't detect a leak.


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Not trying to insult you but are you *sure* you know what natural gas smells like? I thought I did but somehow got very, very confused. And I mistook the smell of gasoline in an open gas can in my garage once for natural gas. (Maybe it was noxious odor that got me all confused and irrational?) I called the gas company...and they eventually figured out what I was actually smelling. Embarrassing but now I know to keep the two straight in my mind. They both smell gross but are quite different.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
Not insulted. I do know what it smells like but what I AM trying to figure out is if there's a smell that smells LIKE gas but isn't gas. Like, does the smell of the vegetation in the pond across the street smell like gas? I suppose I should stop fretting about it if the gas company couldn't detect a leak.
Originally Posted by Springcurl

After what happened in SF last week, I think I would want to make extra sure things were ok. But, maybe I'm just a bit paranoid that way . . .
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Not trying to insult you but are you *sure* you know what natural gas smells like? I thought I did but somehow got very, very confused. And I mistook the smell of gasoline in an open gas can in my garage once for natural gas. (Maybe it was noxious odor that got me all confused and irrational?) I called the gas company...and they eventually figured out what I was actually smelling. Embarrassing but now I know to keep the two straight in my mind. They both smell gross but are quite different.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
Not insulted. I do know what it smells like but what I AM trying to figure out is if there's a smell that smells LIKE gas but isn't gas. Like, does the smell of the vegetation in the pond across the street smell like gas? I suppose I should stop fretting about it if the gas company couldn't detect a leak.
Originally Posted by Springcurl

After what happened in SF last week, I think I would want to make extra sure things were ok. But, maybe I'm just a bit paranoid that way . . .
Originally Posted by leenie
I agree with you. But extra sure HOW? They came out with their wand and detected no leak. I told them I'd be calling them again if I smelled gas again. But there's not really much else I can do, as far as I know.


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Not insulted. I do know what it smells like but what I AM trying to figure out is if there's a smell that smells LIKE gas but isn't gas. Like, does the smell of the vegetation in the pond across the street smell like gas? I suppose I should stop fretting about it if the gas company couldn't detect a leak.
Originally Posted by Springcurl

After what happened in SF last week, I think I would want to make extra sure things were ok. But, maybe I'm just a bit paranoid that way . . .
Originally Posted by leenie
I agree with you. But extra sure HOW? They came out with their wand and detected no leak. I told them I'd be calling them again if I smelled gas again. But there's not really much else I can do, as far as I know.
Originally Posted by Springcurl
1. buy a gas detector and put in the place where you most often smell the odor.

2. call the gas company again. if their equipment isn't calibrated properly, maybe the technician wasn't getting a reading or maybe he doesn't know how to properly use his equipment (i've learned that not everyone who looks official necessarily knows what he/she is doing.).

3. call apartment management again.

4. contact your neighbors to see if they notice similar smells.

5. go through your place and make sure there isn't something else that could be causing the odor. a sulfur or rotten egg or rotten vegetable smell could be coming from another source, like garbage trapped in the garbage disposal or pooling water in the dishwasher, for example.

good luck. and don't just sleep on this.
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you could also call the fire department. i think another poster already said that but they could just be another source to check for you to either confirm or put you more at ease.
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Can you ask other tenants if they have the odor in their apartment too? If they have or do I would push the gas company to check the whole building.
Originally Posted by xcptnl
I'm going to ask the person in the apartment below me for sure. I wonder if HER stove has a leak and it's coming up to my apartment.
Originally Posted by Springcurl
gas is heavier than air so it sinks. you may want to talk to the apartment above you.

Not insulted. I do know what it smells like but what I AM trying to figure out is if there's a smell that smells LIKE gas but isn't gas. Like, does the smell of the vegetation in the pond across the street smell like gas? I suppose I should stop fretting about it if the gas company couldn't detect a leak.
Originally Posted by Springcurl

After what happened in SF last week, I think I would want to make extra sure things were ok. But, maybe I'm just a bit paranoid that way . . .
Originally Posted by leenie
I agree with you. But extra sure HOW? They came out with their wand and detected no leak. I told them I'd be calling them again if I smelled gas again. But there's not really much else I can do, as far as I know.
Originally Posted by Springcurl
In an earlier post I suggested contacting the fire department.
"Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it" ~ Bill Cosby
Can you ask other tenants if they have the odor in their apartment too? If they have or do I would push the gas company to check the whole building.
Originally Posted by xcptnl
I'm going to ask the person in the apartment below me for sure. I wonder if HER stove has a leak and it's coming up to my apartment.
Originally Posted by Springcurl
gas is heavier than air so it sinks. you may want to talk to the apartment above you.
Originally Posted by zmanzzzz
Really? i thought it was lighter. Okay. I'll do that.



After what happened in SF last week, I think I would want to make extra sure things were ok. But, maybe I'm just a bit paranoid that way . . .
Originally Posted by leenie
I agree with you. But extra sure HOW? They came out with their wand and detected no leak. I told them I'd be calling them again if I smelled gas again. But there's not really much else I can do, as far as I know.
Originally Posted by Springcurl
In an earlier post I suggested contacting the fire department.
Originally Posted by leenie
Yes, that's true. I'll talk to them. (they're always sitting in the driveway with the door open anyway)
Did I mention I live right next door to a fire station?


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After what happened in San Bruno Ca , they now tell people if u smell gas to call the fire dept instead. Even if its something stupid like your stove not being clean or whatever , its better to be safe than sorry! I wouldnt be embarrased if it wasnt gas after all. Gotta be careful these days after what happened to those poor people that lost their lives! Its a terrible, terrible shame that could have been prevented i think.
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I'm going to ask the person in the apartment below me for sure. I wonder if HER stove has a leak and it's coming up to my apartment.
Originally Posted by Springcurl
gas is heavier than air so it sinks. you may want to talk to the apartment above you.
Originally Posted by zmanzzzz
Really? i thought it was lighter. Okay. I'll do that.
Originally Posted by Springcurl
Natural gas is not heavier than air, it rises and dissipates - gases like propane are heavier, and sink.

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