Your gas-powered tools in your garage can sometimes cause a spill making the whole space reek of gasoline. This odor can be persistent for several days making it uncomfortable to be in the garage, and dangerous as well.
Eventually, the odor will find its way into the house, which can pose a significant health hazard to you and your family. Gasoline consists of individual elements that, when inhaled, can result in nausea, dizziness, irritation on the throat, breathing issues, and many other deadly illnesses. In saver conditions, too much exposure to gasoline can result in death or a coma.
Therefore, rather than facing these dreadful consequences, read on and learn how to get rid of gas smells in the garage.
Steps on how to Remove Gasoline Smell From The Garage
Should your garage floor get splashed with gasoline, take extreme caution when removing it. Adhering by these steps will assist when extracting the smell, to improve the quality of the air.
1. Evaluate The Nature Of The Spill
Start by evaluating the quantity of spilled gasoline. Afterward, ensure that you are dressed in protective cloths such as goggles and gloves which will protect you from the gas.
To ensure that the detergent or disinfectant won’t react with the gasoline or have any adverse effects, it is advisable to test little quantities on unseen parts of the floor.
2. Use an odor neutralizer to clean the spill
Make water and baking soda solution that is enough to cover the area where the gasoline is located. Apply the paste and allow it to dry. Alternatively, add vinegar into a bucket and wash the spill with warm water.
Keep in mind that a wire brush can cause permanent damage to the floor. Therefore, consider using a soft but stiff brush. Afterward, soak the affected items in vinegar for roughly an hour, and air-dry them outside for a day.
Using a vacuum cleaner and regular dish detergent, get rid of any oily residue that might still be there.
3. Use a pine disinfectant
Lastly, mix water with a pine scented disinfectant, and splash evenly on the smelly parts of the garage. Gently scrub the area, and using a wet but clean rug, wipe off the remaining solution.
The disinfectant is an effective means of removing the gasoline smell, but you will have to put up with its strong scent. If these steps fail to deal with the issue, you can purchase trisodium phosphate from your local hardware store, and then make a solution with it using warm water, and thoroughly scrubbing the spill until it disappears.
How To Locate The Source of Gasoline Odor
Cars packed in the garage are among the most apparent sources of gas spills. Take a look at the tank found under the car’s trunk, and examine the pipe that runs up to the gas cap. If there is a leak, the smell is likely to get stronger. Not unless you are a professional mechanic, don’t seal the leak as a DIY project.
If the car isn’t responsible for the odor, consider examining your mowers and trimmers, vents, gas cans, and tanks since they can leak if they are damaged or open. To determine whether they are the cause of the smell, wipe them down, and let them stay outside for the night. If the stench is no longer there the following day, those gardening tools might have a leak.
To allow easy pouring or refilling, most gas containers have vents. If the small nipple is left open, they can leak gasoline. Therefore, always ensure that they are sealed after use. However, it is important to understand that extracting the source of gas smell may not expel the odor instantly. Instead, it can take up to a week until the smell is gone.
Have a well-Ventilated Garage
More than half of the single-family homes in the United States have attached garages. Indoor exposure to carbon monoxide and benzene is three-fold higher in such homes than those with detached garages.
Gas can leak into the main house through the openings such as doors and vents. The quality of air in the garage is also important because:
- Many homeowners use the attached garages as the main access point to the house.
- Many garages have gym equipment where adults spend hours exercising.
- Garages are empty during the day, so kids can also use them as a space to play.
With so many home-related concerns to ponder, air quality in the garage may not be on top of your list. However, it should. If the airflow is insufficient, ask an experienced home improvement contractor to redesign your garage’s ventilation.
Focus on sealing the main entrance to the living room to prevent such fumes from wafting into the house. Vent the garage to the outdoors to improve the airflow. The disinfectant’s phenols will coagulate and remove any last traces of the gasoline and denature the odors associated with it.