CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) is a poisonous gas produced when normal combustible materials (Natural Gas, Propane, Charcoal, Gasolilne, Wood, Others) are burned. It most often poses a serious health risk to humans, when it is produced as a result of a malfunctioning, or improperly installed household appliance or an improperly used tool.
CO PRODUCING APPLIANCES & TOOLS
In the United States, CO is responsible for an average of 72,000 annual Emergency Response Calls by Fire Departments, an average of 476 annual human deaths, and thousands of serous illnesses. CO poisoning symptoms are very similar to symptoms (Headache, Fatigue, Nausea, Dizziness, Confusion, Convulsions) associated with other diseases, so the actual amount of cases is considered to be far higher than those actually reported.
Depending on the concentration of, and exposure time to the CO, symptoms can range from mild to lethal in a matter of minutes.
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY
CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR
A CO detector is different from a smoke detector and is the most effective way to protect your family from the dangers of CO poisoning. Modern building codes suggest that at least one CO detector be located on each floor of a residence (incluciing the basement). CO detectors need to be tested and maintained annually to assure proper functionality.
DO NOT PLACE CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS:
DO PLACE CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS:
You may also want to have your gas burning appliances inspected by a qualified home inspector to insure that they are not posing a health risk to your family. Contact the professionals at NO DOUBT HOME INSPECTION for more details.
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FLUSHING A WATER HEATER
WHY WOULD I DO THAT?
The WATER HEATER - The appliance that provides us with many luxuries, that we often take for granted, is an appliance that is often forgotten and very rarely maintained. But when it malfunctions, it will immediately rise to the top of everyone’s priority list. Unfortunately, repair or replacement of the water heater can be a timely and expensive undertaking.
During the process of heating water, minerals and elements suspended within cold water are solidified and sink to the bottom of the tank. These solids, if not removed, force the appliance to use higher levels of energy to heat the water. They also have a corrosive effect on the tank, increasing its rate of deterioration.
To insure the utmost economy and longevity of your water heater, a WATER HEATER FLUSH should be performed on a regular basis (annually, or as instructed by the manufacturer) to remove the corrosive sediments.
No special tools or equipment are needed for this project and it can be completed in a relatively short period of time with some very basic skills.
The professionals at NO DOUBT HOME INSPECTION want to share with you the steps in performing this DIY project.
HERE ARE THE STEPS TO FOLLOW
1. SHUT OFF THE WATER SUPPLY - Look at the top of the water heater. You’ll see a water pipe and a water supply shutoff valve going into the water heater. Close this valve to shut off the water to the appliance.
WATER SUPPLY VALVE IN THE CLOSED POSITION
2. GAS WATER HEATER - Turn the control knob on the water heater to “PILOT”.
CONTROL KNOB SET TO "PILOT"
ELECTRIC WATER HEATER – Unplug the water heater from the outlet, or shut off power in the circuit breaker box. It is important to know that if you fail to shut off the power to the water heater, you risk burning out the heating element.
UNPLUGGED WATER HEATER
3. ALLOW THE WATER TO COOL DOWN - The water in your water heater can be extremely hot. To help prevent injury, you may want to let your water heater sit overnight to allow the water within the tank some time to cool. You may also choose to perform the water heater flush shortly after depleting the hot water in the tank.
4. CONNECT A GARDEN HOSE - Attach the female connector of a garden hose to the water heater drain spigot. Place the other end of the hose near a floor drain, or into a bucket, or if possible, outside. The outlet side of the hose needs to be lower than the water tank.
5. OPEN A NEARBY HOT WATER TAP (SINK OR TUB).
6. DRAIN THE WATER HEATER - Open the water heater spigot and drain the water from the tank. Be patient; draining the water heater can take up to 30 minutes depending on how dirty the water is.
OPEN THE SPIGOT
DRAIN THE HOT WATER
7. FLUSH THE WATER HEATER - Open the shut off valve and allow fresh water to run through the water heater. Once the water runs clear, close the shut off valve.
WATER SUPPLY VALVE IN THE OPEN POSITION
FLUSH TILL CLEAR
WATER SUPPLY VALVE IN THE CLOSED POSITION
8. CLOSE THE WATER HATER SPIGOT.
CLOSE THE SPIGOT
9. DISCONNECT THE GARDEN HOSE.
DISCONNECTED GARDEN HOSE
10. CLOSE THE NEARBY HOT WATER TAP.
11. OPEN THE SHUT OFF VALVE.
12. GAS WATER HEATER – Return the water heater control knob to "ON".
WATER HEATER CONTROL KNOB SET TO "ON"
ELECTRIC WATER HEATER – Plug the water heater back into the outlet or turn the power in the circuit breaker box.
WATER HEATER PLUGGED IN
WATER HEATER CIRCUIT BREAKER ON
13. OPEN A NEARBY HOT WATER TAP - This will allow any air in the plumbing system to be removed.
14. ALLOW WATER TO RE-HEAT - Wait about 20 minutes for the water to heat up. Turn on a nearby tap to ensure that the water heater is functioning.
We hope this helps.
Check out the other home maintenance tips located on the page.
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