Akron Water Heater Carbon Monoxide Poising Prevention

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Water Heater Repair Akron OH, Water Heater Safety

We have actually recently seen a number of news reports about carbon monoxide poising being connected back to a water heater as the source and so felt it vital to share some about that potential today. Yes, any nonrenewable fuel source burning device generates this lethal gas. Including hot water heaters. Nevertheless, with the appropriate installation of the water heater, together with regular maintenance, and a working CO2 detector in the home, one can sleep securely.Water Heater Repair Akron

Causes of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide gas (CO) is a colorless, non-smelling gas that is a bi-product of the burning of a nonrenewable fuel source like wood, gasoline, coal, natural gas, or kerosene. Breathing in carbon monoxide fumes not only avoids oxygen from being used appropriately by the body, however likewise causes damage to the central nervous system. Persons with existing wellness problems such as heart and lung disease are particularly vulnerable, as are infants, kids, pregnant women, and the elderly.

Sources of Carbon Monoxide Gas

The winter heating period is when a majority of carbon monoxide exposures occur due to the use of unvented supplemental heaters. An unvented supplemental heater is a kind of space heater that makes use of indoor air for heating and vents the gases produced in the heating process out into the house. A lot of heaters of this kind use kerosene or natural gas for fuel. While newer designs have oxygen sensing units that shut down the heater when the oxygen level in the room falls below a particular level, older designs do not have such safety features. Because of these security troubles, unvented space heaters have been banned in several states. Other sources of carbon monoxide are malfunctioning cooking equipment, tobacco smoke, obstructed chimneys, auto exhaust, malfunctioning furnaces and gas clothes dryers, wood burning fireplaces, and a water heater.

Signs of Carbon Monoxide Gas Poisoning

Here are the most usual signs of carbon monoxide poisoning but they are not constantly the same for every person who has actually been exposed and often times resemble having food poisoning or the flu. A physician can help in determining for sure.

queasiness and vomiting
rapid heartbeat
cardiac arrest
loss of hearing
blurred vision
loss of consciousness or coma
respiratory failure

Defense By Proper Gas Appliance Ventilation

The CDC offers the following info on preventing CO2 poisoning by making certain ones home appliances are vented properly.

  • All gas appliances must be vented so that CO will not build up in your home, cabin, or camper.
  • Never burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn’t vented.
  • Have your chimney checked or cleaned every year. Chimneys can be blocked by debris. This can cause CO to build up inside your home or cabin.
  • Never patch a vent pipe with tape, gum, or something else. This kind of patch can make CO build up in your home, cabin, or camper.
  • Horizontal vent pipes to fuel appliances should not be perfectly level. Indoor vent pipes should go up slightly as they go toward outdoors. This helps prevent CO or other gases from leaking if the joints or pipes aren’t fitted tightly.  (read more…)

It is certainly crucial to have CO2 detectors in the home. The Colorado State University Extension offers the following ideas when selecting a CO2 alarm.

  • Some inexpensive alarms consist of a card with a spot (spot detectors) that changes color in the presence of CO. The absence of an audible signal does not meet UL or IAS requirements for alarms, so these devices do not provide adequate warning of CO.
  • Some CO alarms have a sensor that must be replaced every year or so. The expense of this part should be a factor in purchase decisions.
  • Battery-operated alarms are portable and will function during a power failure, which is when emergency heating might be used. Batteries must be replaced, although some alarms have long-life batteries that will last up to five years.
  • Line-powered alarms (110 volt) require electrical outlets but do not need batteries. They will not function during a power failure. Some line-powered alarms have battery backups.
  • Some alarms have digital readouts indicating CO levels. Alarms with memories can help document and correct CO problems.  (read more…)

The following video provides some good security pointers for water heaters.

Not to scare anybody, however we likewise wished to include the following video of a water heater set up that is not working properly and is unsafe.

Please see a doctor quickly if you believe that you or a member of your family could have carbon monoxide poisoning. Water Heater Repair Akron OH can not stress enough the requirement of seeing to it an expert plumbing repair company services and installs any water heater equipment in your home or business.