Nov 4, 2016

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Check Regular For Carbon Monoxide Leaks

THE SILENT KILLEROften called ‘the silent killer’, carbon monoxide poisoning is a household danger which various campaigns have sought to bring to consumer attention – but just why is it important to frequently check for leaks? I sought the answers from  M Bell Plumbing & Heating, a Wallsend Plumber approved by Check a Trade and the Gas Safe Register for the answer:

The hazards

To comprehend why carbon monoxide poisoning is so hazardous, you must first know what it is. Carbon monoxide is a virtually undetectable gas which is odourless, tasteless and colourless. It’s produced by the incomplete combustion of fuels that contain carbon (specifically gas, oil, wood and coal).
Once inhaled, carbon monoxide impairs the transportation of oxygen around the body and long periods of exposure is often fatal. The most significant threat is the fact that it is very difficult to detect – leaving homeowners vulnerable and blind to the risk they might be in.


are your appliances safeThe solution

Carbon monoxide alarms operate in a very similar way to smoke detectors but they are just one way to protect you from the dangerous gas. Regular servicing of your boiler is one other crucial step in the ongoing battle against carbon monoxide poisoning and according to the NHS the most common sources of carbon monoxide leaks are defective or incorrectly installed boilers and gas appliances.

To legally work on gas appliances, individuals have to be Gas Safe registered so always look for this when hiring somebody to service your boiler. The service needs to look at all parts of your home heating – from the boiler to chimneys, flues and appliances – and be performed at least once annually.


When To Undertake a Boiler Service

Prime times to experience boiler issues are when your dependency or usage of it changes – most notably when the seasons change. Boilers are put under a bigger degree of stress throughout the winter season when cold weather prompt us to turn up the thermostat. Having your boiler serviced in advance of this is highly recommended and the period from February to October is normally the ideal time to have your boiler checked if you’d like peace of mind.
To keep an eye on the situation in-between services, carbon monoxide sensors installed throughout your house is a good idea.