What Is Carbon Monoxide

Because the heating season is right around the corner, I think it’s important to inform as many as possible about this toxic gas. The reason is because  carbon monoxide (CO) will take the life of 10,000 individuals this year alone, sending 20 to 40,000 more to the hospital. This gas has no odor, color, or taste; so it cannot be detected by bodily senses..


(CO) is produced by incomplete combustion of fossil fuels . Inhaled carbon monoxide is absorbed into the blood. It combines with the hemoglobin in the blood to a much greater extent than oxygen does; it will then reduce the oxygen – carrying function of the blood. You now know why carbon monoxide is ranked #1 for accidental poisoning deaths in the United States. How is carbon monoxide formed? How is it measured? How can I be sure my home is safe? What can I do to reduce the risk?  These questions will be answered and more. Stay tuned for the next article.


How Often should your heating system be cleaned?

It is recommended by boiler and furnace manufacturers that your heating system be serviced once a year. During this time, the technician should perform the following:


1)      Remove chimney cap and inspect the base of the chimney to ensure flue gases are escaping properly.

2)      Check all electrical controls and wiring.

3)      Remove all dirt sitting at the base of the chimney and burner assembly.

4)      Make a visible inspection of circulating pump, pipes and fittings around heater.

5)      Watch pressure/temperature gauge and add water if necessary.

6)      Replace thermocople and/or filter.

7)      Inspect safety relief valve and discharge pipe for signs of leakage.

8)      Make sure shutoff valves, switches and thermostat work properly.


By having this type of service done once a year, you prevent small problems from turning into expensive repairs, reduce the risk and discomfort of having no heat at all, and increase the efficiency and life of your heater. Failure to have your heater serviced annually by a skilled technician could result in equipment failure, severe personal injury or substantial property damage.


If you have any questions about your plumbing and heating system, please send them to service@precisionplusplumbing.com