Water Heater Carbon Monoxide Poising Prevention

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Water Heater Repair Sterling VA, Water Heater Safety

We have actually recently seen a number of news reports about carbon monoxide gas poising being connected back to a water heater as the source and so felt it essential to share some about that potential today. Yes, any fossil fuel burning device creates this fatal gas. Consisting of water heaters. Nevertheless, with the appropriate installation of the water heater, in addition to periodic maintenance, and a working carbon monoxide detector in the house, one can sleep securely.Water Heater Carbon Monoxide Safety

Causes of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide gas (CO) is a colorless, odor free 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 prevents oxygen from being utilized appropriately by the body, however likewise causes damage to the central nervous system. Persons with existing wellness troubles such as heart and lung illness are specifically susceptible, as are infants, kids, pregnant women, and the elderly.

Sources of Carbon Monoxide

The winter heating period is when a majority of carbon monoxide gas direct exposures happen due to using unvented supplemental heaters. An unvented supplemental heater is a kind of space heater that utilizes indoor air for heating and vents the gases produced in the heating process out into the home. The majority of heaters of this kind use kerosene or natural gas for fuel. While more recent designs have oxygen sensing units that shut off the heater when the oxygen level in the area falls below a particular level, older designs do not have such safety features. Because of these safety problems, unvented space heaters have been prohibited in several states. Other sources of carbon monoxide gas are malfunctioning cooking devices, tobacco smoke, obstructed chimneys, auto exhaust, malfunctioning furnaces and gas clothes dryers, wood burning fireplaces, and a water heater.

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Gas Poisoning

Here are the most usual symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning but they are not constantly the same for each individual who has actually been exposed and often times resemble having food poisoning or the flu. A physician can assist in identifying for sure.

queasiness and vomiting
rapid heart beat
cardiac arrest
loss of hearing
fuzzy vision
loss of consciousness or coma
respiratory failure

Protection By Correct Gas Appliance Venting

The CDC provides the following details on preventing CO2 poisoning by ensuring ones appliances are vented correctly.

  • 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 definitely essential to have CO2 detectors in the house. The Colorado State University Extension provides the following tips 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 nice safety ideas for water heaters.

Not to scare anybody, but we also wanted to include the following video of a water heater install that is not working correctly and is harmful.

Please see a medical professional immediately if you think that you or a member of your household could have carbon monoxide poisoning. We can not stress enough the requirement of ensuring a professional plumbing repair business services and installs any water heater equipment in your house or business.