Many of us take our homes for granted, assuming that the air we breathe there is safe and that our gas pipes and appliances like stoves, water heaters, and furnaces will never fail us. However, gas leaks do occur, and other gases may be present in the home that create extremely hazardous situations. Hiring a professional to check for gas leaks, carbon monoxide, and radon can reveal areas of concern before they become a danger to your home and your family.
Combustible Gasses Like Natural Gas, Propane, Butane
Natural gas is generally known to be safe and reliable, as are propane and butane. These gases may be used safely in a variety of appliances in the home. However, gas leaks can and do occur from time to time and can start fires or cause explosions, injuring family members or friends. These leaks can be due to loose or poor connections, aged seals, rusting, pinhole defects, or simple equipment malfunctions. Many modern appliances, like furnaces or water heaters, have automatic safety shut-offs if a pilot goes out. However, other manually controlled appliances do not. Testing for gas leaks will put your mind at ease that your home and family are indeed safe.
Carbon Monoxide Gas
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas that forms when any common fuel is burned. This may include gas, wood, coal, or oil. During the winter months when these fuels are burned more frequently, the risk of CO poisoning rises due to equipment malfunctions or improper ventilation. Exposure to carbon monoxide can cause a number of symptoms, including headaches, fatigue, dizziness, confusion, nausea, chest pain, or decreased motor functions. In severe cases, it can cause brain damage and even death. Protect yourself and your family from unnecessary risk by having your home tested for CO gas.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless radioactive gas that forms when uranium naturally breaks down in soil, rocks, and water. Radon gas can seep into a home through cracks or holes in a foundation. It is also known for contaminating well water. Radon is a known carcinogen that can cause lung cancer. While some localities may be at higher risk than others, the only sure way to determine if radon is in your home is by performing a series of tests. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), if your home is found to have 4 picocuries of radon per liter (pCi/L) or higher, you should install a radon-reduction system in your home. This will be especially important when it comes time to sell your home as most buyers now require radon testing and mitigation as needed.
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