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Do you utilise natural gas in your home? Whether you use it for powering appliances in the kitchen, running a furnace, or both, it’s paramount that you get carbon monoxide testing in Adelaide done for your home for the presence of harmful levels of carbon monoxide (CO). Carbon monoxide is a by product of the incomplete combustion of natural gas as well as other fuels, but the principal concern in homes comes from natural gas and it can leak from malfunctioning appliances or become stuck in a home if it isn’t properly vented.

Even homes that don’t depend on natural gas can have CO problems if they have an attached garage: fumes from vehicles can enter the living spaces. Other CO sources include kerosene heaters and badly vented fireplaces.

The reasons to get carbon monoxide testing in Adelaide:

We’ve discussed CO detectors before: they’re an important defence against a sudden rise of carbon monoxide levels in your home, giving you time to evacuate to safety. However, it’s a good idea to have a general testing to see if your home already has elevated CO levels and what is causing it.

Carbon monoxide is toxic and in large quantities can cause death. But it will still cause health issues in smaller quantities as it takes the place of oxygen within the blood: nausea, headaches, dizziness, general fatigue, and breathlessness. The risks are greater for kids and the elderly. This warrants carbon monoxide testing in Adelaide.

These lower, but still harmful, levels of CO will usually escape detectors: most detectors will only go off only if there is 70 ppm (parts per million) in the air for more than a few hours. But CO levels over 35 ppm can cause health concerns! For the health of your family, as well as your peace of mind, arrange to have your house tested for the presence of carbon monoxide.

Please keep in mind that carbon monoxide testing in Adelaide isn’t a substitute for having CO detectors. Even if testing shows safe CO levels, make sure that you have detectors placed near gas-using appliances and in all bedrooms.

Do I have to get my gas heaters tested?

While it is not mandatory to get gas fitters in Adelaide to inspect gas heaters for carbon monoxide emissions, it is recommended by government and industry bodies that gas heaters should be serviced every two years.  With regular servicing of appliances, the risk can be reduced of CO poisoning by allowing a licensed gasfitter to conduct carbon monoxide testing in Adelaide to check for faulty burner operation, flue blockage and other probable hazards. When an appliance fault results in the production of CO, the concentration of CO can build up in the home and can increase to potentially harmful levels.

In the absence of carbon monoxide safety in Adelaide, carbon monoxide poisoning can occur. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include tiredness, shortness of breath, headaches, dizziness, nausea, confusion and chest pain. High levels of carbon monoxide can cause unconsciousness and death.

Carbon monoxide testing should be considered as part of your risk minimisation strategy for your property.

Carbon monoxide testing in Adelaide is usually done by either a gas plumber or gas heating specialist who will check for emissions. If the unit is found to be faulty they will disconnect the unit immediately and advise their office. If this should occur, they will consult with you to organise a replacement unit or discuss alternative heating options for the property. It is recommended that the service of any gas heaters be done prior to winter, just in case, there should be any issues with the heating unit. This gives you some extra time to consider your heating choices.

Get The Peace of Mind Professional Carbon monoxide testing in Adelaide Provides

The safe and efficient operation of your heating equipment and other combustion appliances cannot be determined without testing by using a calibrated combustion analyzer. Because the technology, instruments and training to do this testing correctly has only been available for a few years, odds are it’s not been done.

Don’t Go Another Day Without a Thorough Home CO Test

Millions of unsuspecting homeowners are exposed to low levels of CO and don’t even know it. The World Health Organization’s guidelines are between 15-35 ppm. Carbon monoxide can come from additional sources in your home besides your heating equipment, and carbon monoxide testing in Adelaide should be conducted. Sources include your Water Heater, Gas Range, Gas Logs, Space Heater, Boiler even an attached garage.

Our technicians can measure the safety and efficiency of all your combustion equipment, even appliances that they normally don’t sell or service. Our testing can also verify that your equipment is operating at full efficiency.

Better Contractors Don’t Guess -They Measure

If CO testing is part of your contractor’s normal protocols he will advise you of this before servicing or installing equipment. Odds are when the tech walks into your house he’ll be carrying some type of CO Monitor to immediately conduct carbon monoxide testing in Adelaide to check if high levels are present.

When they work on your equipment, they will begin by drilling a hole in the flue of your combustible appliance and insert the probe of an electronic combustion analyzer to check actual burner performance.

Additional performance testing might need holes to be drilled into the ductwork. These holes are plugged, if needed, once the testing is done as well.

Once they are finished with carbon monoxide testing in Adelaide they will provide documentation of your appliances carbon monoxide output and review the results with you. This is useful in comparing future readings to see if any deterioration happens.

Restaurant owners should particularly take caution and inspect their properties for the presence of carbon monoxide. This is largely due in part to the fact that restaurants thrive off of the very appliances that put you at the biggest risk for exposure to carbon monoxide. Other common business types that should pay special attention to carbon monoxide testing in Adelaide are places like gyms, churches, hospitals, retail stores and many others.