It’s only a matter of time until the first cold snap of the year has you warming your hands in front of the trusty family gas heater. But are you protected against the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning?
No one wants to think about a potential gas leak in their home, but with heater usage going up throughout the colder months, it’s crucial you know how to protect your family. Read on to discover how.
When the days get shorter and the Melbourne nights start getting colder it’s second-nature to pop on the gas heater and get cosy.
A nightly routine for millions of Aussies each year, the family gas heater is a place of warmth, comfort and competition for spots if you’ve got kids or pets, but your heater may also be placing your health at risk.
Although gas heaters are more energy efficient than their electric counterparts, the resulting exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide (CO) that poses a threat to your health. Colourless and odourless, CO can reach dangerous levels when trapped inside without adequate ventilation and your living room provides the perfect environment to trap excess CO fumes.
To protect your family from serious illness or death, make sure you:
At Reed Plumbing and Drainage Solutions we’re passionate about gas safety and awareness. Our team of skilled gas fitters have been helping Melbourne customers stay warm and healthy for 5 years and counting, and we’re as committed as ever to keeping our customers safe.
Read on to discover everything you need to know about CO testing.
Gas heaters are common throughout Australia, keeping you and your family warm on those chilly Melbourne nights that make a warm heater and a night on the couch sound like heaven.
And no, we don’t mean the type of ‘flu’ that keeps you in bed all day. A flue is a pipe that carries exhaust fumes from your gas heater to the great outdoors, which helps keep the air inside your home safe.
If your home enjoys a flue gas heater it’s easy to assume you’re in the clear, but a poorly installed flue or damaged flue can leave CO leaking into your home and putting you at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Only qualified and licensed gas plumbers or gas fitters can carry out gas leak detection and repair.
Finding an affordable gas repair service in Melbourne is easiest when you compare quotes and contact multiple gas leak experts. Typically, your location and the severity of the leak will impact the quote you receive.
As a general rule, expect to pay a call-out fee or service fee (typically between $40 to $100) prior to a full service quote. At Reed Plumbing and Drainage Solutions we’re committed to keeping your costs low, which is why we offer no-obligation quotes to help you save on call-out fees and compare gas leak repair prices to find the best deal for you.
When it comes to a gas leak, your nose will typically lead the way.
In addition to the smell of sulfur, or rotten eggs, be on the lookout for the following warning signs your gas heater is leaking and in need of urgent repair.
As CO can cause carbon monoxide poisoning you’ll also need to be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of CO poisoning. If you smell gas, it’s vital you turn off the gas at the meter right away.
Carbon monoxide building up in your home has the potential to make you feel sick in the short-term, as well as pose serious long-term health risks and even the risk of death if not caught in time.
Unfortunately, many of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can mimic the common cold. This makes it tough to differentiate between the two during the cold winter months when the sniffles seem to be going around.
If you notice any of the following symptoms, you may be dealing with a carbon monoxide leak in your home:
If you’re experiencing these symptoms along with your family members (and even your pets) it’s crucial you seek medical attention and, when appropriate, take steps to service your gas heater to avoid any further leaks.
In most cases, you won’t know if your gas heater is leaking carbon monoxide, as the escaping gas has no smell or sound. This can leave you and your family at risk throughout the chilly winter months when your gas heater is working overtime.
Prevention is better than a cure, so follow our simple gas heater safety checklist to stay warm and healthy this winter:
Like all gas appliances, a gas heater is an affordable and efficient way to heat your home when the mercury drops. With regular servicing and maintenance, you can enjoy your nights in front of the heater without worrying about gas leaks.
To ensure your gas appliances are leak-free, schedule a carbon monoxide test with Reed Plumbing and Drainage Solutions today. Our licensed and qualified gas fitters are available to conduct CO testing to identify any small leaks or faulty signs and measure the level of CO in your home.
Our detailed gas heater service includes checking your exhaust system to ensure all CO is discharged correctly, plus complimentary cleaning of any grime and dust buildup inside your heater, wiring harness checks, pressure checks, injector size checks, plus burner chamber and thermal fuse cleans.
Whether you’re looking to have your gas heater or fireplace repaired or serviced, we’ve got the fast, reliable service to match.