The Importance of Regular Carbon Monoxide Testing
Odorless, colorless, and tasteless, carbon monoxide is one of the most dangerous pollutants found in home environments. High levels of carbon monoxide exposure can result in loss of consciousness and death. Even low-level exposure can cause symptoms like nausea, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Regular carbon monoxide testing from an experienced Beverly plumber from Waldman Plumbing and Heating helps protect you and your family from the harmful effects of carbon monoxide inhalation.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
The red cells in the human body’s circulatory system absorb carbon monoxide faster than they absorb oxygen. When there is sufficient carbon monoxide in the air, oxygen in the blood is gradually replaced with the harmful substance. Oxygen deprivation causes damage to tissue and can result in death. Children, seniors, and those suffering from heart disease or respiratory conditions are particularly susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Sources of Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide naturally occurs during the combustion process in products such as fuel-burning furnaces, water heaters, and appliances. These household fixtures are engineered with venting systems designed to carry the gas safely outside your home. If not properly maintained, however, leaks, gaps, and obstructions can develop that cause carbon monoxide to back draft into your home.
Preventing Carbon Monoxide Exposure
All combustion products require regular maintenance to ensure safe and efficient operation. The following organizations all recommend that consumers install UL-listed carbon monoxide monitors in their homes and have their fuel-burning systems regularly serviced by a qualified technician:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- American Lung Association (ALA)
Serving Beverly and the surrounding communities for over a century, Waldman Plumbing and Heating offers services like carbon monoxide testing that enhance your family’s comfort and wellbeing. Testing is also included in our HVAC maintenance programs as well.
To schedule a carbon monoxide test for home, call us today at (781) 780-3184.