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Co Poisoning | Water Heater Pros | Sacramento, Ca

Co Poisoning 

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It may be odorless, but it's certainly far from harmless. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a very poisonous gas that is invisible, odorless and tasteless, and it can build up to dangerous levels in any home. Even yours. Carbon monoxide detectors are now mandatory in every home, most leaks are found in the flue exhaust vents of heat furnaces and water heaters, improperly installed flue vent piping, by unlicensed handymen or homeowners has been found to be a major concern.


More than 200 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning, and thousands of others develop symptoms that require emergency medical attention. Carbon monoxide poisoning is the most common cause of accidental poisoning-related deaths and is often called "the silent killer." Babies, infants, children and pregnant women are especially vulnerable to carbon monoxide poisoning. Ask about our free Carbon Monoxide inspection.

Examples of possible Co Poisoning

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Disconnected flue vent

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flue vent misalignment & unfastened

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Disconnected Flue Vent

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flue vent misalignment & unfastened

How a Water Heater Causes Carbon Monoxide Poisoning


There are three main, preventable reasons that a water heater can cause carbon monoxide poisoning: the appliance wasn’t installed properly in the first place, the homeowner neglects it and doesn’t perform proper maintenance, and the surrounding area isn’t properly ventilated, leaving the gas with nowhere to escape should it leak. Water Heater Pros, we can inspect your water heater, and if we find any issues we can resolve them at a reasonable cost. 

Signs That Your Water Heater Is Leaking Carbon Monoxide


Carbon monoxide is not only deadly, it’s also undetectable without proper equipment. The gas is colorless and odorless, and most of the time, household residents learn they have a leak by the resulting health effects. The scariest part about carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms is that they seem commonplace until they progress. Irreversible brain damage, cardiac conditions, and fatality are realities of carbon monoxide leaks. Infant babies have been known to die from CO poising and for the longest time this cause was unknown and simply labeled as SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) All the same, members of your household that experience symptoms like headaches, weakness, dizziness, shortness of breath, confusion, blurry vision, loss of consciousness, or vomiting without any explanation should seek medical attention right away. These inexplicable symptoms also warrant an inspection of your gas appliances, and a carbon monoxide detector if your property does not have a functioning one. Address the ventilation problem, too, as it may save your household further problems should a carbon monoxide leak ever occur again.



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