Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is an extremely scary thought, especially since it can happen without any warning at all. This is exactly why carbon monoxide detection is so important. Many homeowners have already installed detectors in their homes, but what should you do when one alerts you to dangerous CO levels?
Your first course of action is get out everyone out of your home. Once everyone is safe, call a professional right away, before the problem gets worse. Once a technician has been dispatched to your home, he or she will check the following problem areas for possible CO leakage:
- Gas/oil furnace – If a leak is discovered, it may be the result of a cracked heat exchanger. If this is the case, your furnace will likely need to be replaced (depending on its age and other variables) before you can safely operate it again. Leaks here can be extremely dangerous.
- Chimneys and other venting systems – It’s very common for these areas to become blocked by debris over time, especially when they haven’t been used for a while. Obstructions such as leaves, branches and bird nests can force CO back into your home.
- Pilot lights – If your stove or fireplace uses a pilot light and it goes bad, carbon monoxide may leak out as a result. The technician will check to make sure it’s working properly and safely.
- Fan exhausts – Just like chimneys, areas that utilize a fan system to expel carbon monoxide out of your home can become blocked or clogged with debris. A simple cleaning might be in order.
- Attached garage – There are times when carbon monoxide detection occurs due to CO leaking in from an attached garage, so your technician will ask you about that. Even though many homeowners don’t think about it, running your car in an attached garage is hazardous, even if you’ve opened the garage door.
For more expert advice about carbon monoxide detection, or for questions relating to home comfort, please contact the friendly professionals at Victory Heating·Air Conditioning·Plumbing. We’ve been serving the residential and commercial heating, cooling and plumbing needs for Middlesex and Norfolk counties since 1992.
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