Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is produced as a by-product of combustion. Every year around 4,000 people die and over 10,000 people get sick due to exposure to carbon monoxide. Did you know that many of these instances are due to damaged chimneys allowing the dangerous gas into the home?
A chimney liner that is damaged or deterioration can be a hazardous situation! Cracks and gaps in an existing liner, or no liner at all can let carbon monoxide seep into your home. In addition creosote build-up, debris and/or animals finding their way into your chimney can keep your chimney from properly ventilating and contribute to carbon monoxide build-up.
Carbon monoxide exposure isn’t something that’s easily noticeable. The symptoms of low level carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to the flu: a dull headache, nausea, vomiting, weakness, confusion, dizziness, and difficulty breathing. Exposure to enough carbon monoxide over time can result in unconsciousness or even death!
The best way to protect your family from carbon monoxide is to maintain your chimney! Have a certified professional inspect your chimney annually. If there is noticeable damage to the interior or exterior of your chimney due to weather, fire, or deterioration due to age, it’s important to contact a chimney expert as soon as possible to have issues repaired. An additional thing to consider is the purchase of a good carbon monoxide detector. This device is installed in certain areas of the home and emits a loud alarm when carbon monoxide is detected. It’s a good investment that may just save your life-it’s better to be safe than sorry!
If you’re concerned about carbon monoxide, don’t delay! Contact the experts at North American Chimney and Gutter today for a thorough chimney inspection. It’s a good thing to have peace of mind- who doesn’t like that?
North American Gutter and Chimney services the following areas: Bay Shore and Bedford Hills New York; Philadelphia and Harrisburg Pennsylvania; West Borough and Boston Massachusetts; and Fairfield Connecticut.