Detecting a Carbon Monoxide Leak
December, 4th, 2012
Carbon monoxide is known as a silent killer because you aren’t able to see it, smell it, or taste it. Today’s technology has given homeowners the ability to purchase carbon monoxide detectors for their home. In the past, only a licensed professional plumbing and heating contractors had handheld detectors that were able to detect carbon monoxide. Even though you are now able to purchase a CO detector for your home, be sure you do your research so that you get exactly what you want before buying one. There are a variety of prices and the quality of each may differ greatly.
There are several different types of CO detectors available to purchase. Keep in mind that they look a lot like smoke detectors so don’t make the mistake of buying the wrong detector. There are simple detectors that will give visual only warnings; some only have an audible alarm and still others may have both visual and audible indicators. Another thing to consider is whether it only uses batteries, A/C or both A/C power and backup batteries. There are even combination detectors that are both smoke detectors and CO detectors.
It is extremely important for you to know exactly what sources have the potential to leak carbon monoxide into your home if not working correctly. The most common include: furnaces, fireplaces, hot water heaters, space heaters, gas generators, and auto exhaust from your vehicles. If one of these appliances quit working correctly, have your home checked for CO leaks as soon as possible. A licensed professional can service these appliances annually, which will help insure that this deadly gas will not leak into your home.
Contact Corley Plumbing, Air & Electric today to have the annual maintenance scheduled on all your appliances, so that you will have peace of mind for your home and family.