As the gas crisis has escalated, many residents are turning to the same old methods of cleaning up their homes.
The latest example is the so-called purge valve, which was invented in the 1970s to allow gas to be discharged quickly from a system if there was a leak.
But the gas canisters are no longer available and many gas stations are being forced to stop using the valves.
With so many stations out of stock, people are taking to eBay to sell the pumps that they are using to keep their homes tidy.
A popular seller for pumps on eBay is called Asco, which advertises it has a valve that can be emptied to keep the home “cleaned and ready for business”.
But it comes with a warning about not leaving it in the house for long, as it can explode if it is left for too long, it says.
Other sellers are selling their own ascos, but they are not quite as clean, and some claim they will explode if left in the garage.
“The main thing to remember is it’s a manual valve, so the main thing you need to do is take the pump out and get a new one and then replace it with one that’s safer,” said a seller on eBay.
One seller told the ABC that she had been using a manual asco valve for about six months and it had failed after only six days.
“I don’t want to have to replace it, but I would have liked to,” she said.
“I had no idea it would explode.”
She said her husband had a manual in the kitchen for about a year and was using it to clean up the basement.
Another seller on the site said he had been cleaning up the house since 2014 and his asco had failed.
He said he bought a new asco about a month ago and used it to pump gas from his kitchen.
“The valve has exploded once or twice, and I have never heard of it exploding,” he said.
In many homes, gas is still being pumped from the main tank, and the pumps are running at a steady speed.
There are several online gas station websites, including Gas Buddy, which allows customers to check the gas pump status.
Gas Buddy also warns of the danger of the asco, but it does not tell people to remove it.
Asco canisters may have been used in the past to store large quantities of gas, and in some cases they can be used to store other things.
Many people are not aware of the dangers of leaving a gas valve on the gas stove or in the fridge, so they may have neglected to check their gas supply before leaving the house.
The ABC has spoken to several people who have been forced to buy a new gas pump and have found that it was expensive.
Some sellers are offering to refund the difference in price paid.
We need to take care of our home and we need to be very, very careful that it is clean, that it doesn’t explode, that everything is safe and that it’s safe to leave it in our house,” said one seller.
They are now making their homes even cleaner.