CO and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Can Save Your Life

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, invisible gas that is produced by burning fuels such as: propane, natural gas, oil, wood, charcoal, alcohol, kerosene, or gasoline — all of which are commonly used in your home, RV, boat, or business.

Exposure to carbon monoxide can be deadly. Carbon monoxide interferes with the body’s ability to absorb oxygen, which can lead to serious illness, severe side effects, or death.

Zinc Inspections offers a variety of home inspections in Vancouver for both residential and commercial properties to detect these sorts of hidden problems.

A lHIABC licensed home inspector can tell you if your gas appliances and venting systems are in good working order.

Potential Sources of Carbon Monoxide

Any fuel-burning appliances which are malfunctioning or improperly installed can be a source of CO, such as:

  • furnaces;
  • stoves and ovens;
  • water heaters;
  • dryers;
  • room and space heaters;
  • fireplaces and wood stoves;
  • charcoal grills;
  • automobiles;
  • clogged chimneys or flues;
  • space heaters;
  • power tools that run on fuel;
  • gas and charcoal grills;
  • certain types of swimming pool heaters; and
  • boat engines.

How can I prevent CO poisoning?

Smoke alarms detect particles in the air. The most commonly do this using two types of detection technologies.

The first commonly used technology is called photoelectric. This technology works by detecting light that is bouncing off particles from a light beam inside the sensing chamber, as soon as there are particles present and the amount of light registered by the light detector reaches a certain threshold level, the alarm sounds.

The other types are ionization detectors. These use a small bit of safely shielded radioactive material that electrically charges, or ionizes, the air molecules between two metal plates. This results in a small electric current flowing from one plate to the other in the air. When particles enter the chamber, they attract the ions and carry them away, reducing the current. When the amount of particles entering the chamber is enough to reduce that current below a certain point, the device will register those particles as smoke and the alarm will sound.

Carbon monoxide detectors are the fastest way to prevent CO poisoning. You can install a carbon monoxide alarm (or multiple detectors) in your home. They work much like your fire or smoke alarm by sounding a siren when they detect carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide or Combination smoke and CO detector should be installed in any home with gas-burning appliances (Range, Cooktop, Furnace, …). Verify all smoke and CO detectors are newer than 10 years old (the lifespan of these detectors is 10 years) and on each floor and in the suites.

Home Inspection in Vancouver has gained popularity because it is a relatively simple process compared to purchasing a home. A home inspection by a qualified home inspection specialist is when an experienced home inspector conducts a visual inspection of the outside, interior, foundation, flooring, lighting, walls, ventilation, and heating system of the house and prepares a written report for the customer. The highest qualified home inspectors in Vancouver are licensed through the HIABC.

Zinc Inspections is owned and operated by Ali Javaheri who is a licensed member of The Home Inspectors Association BC (HIABC) with more than 15 years of experience in BC’s housing industry.

Contact Us at Zinc Inspections if you have any questions or concerns about your property: