Carbon Monoxide Testing

Carbon Monoxide Testing

Carbon monoxide testing is essential to ensure everyone’s safety. Carbon monoxide tests are now the standard way to make sure gas appliances in the home are safe. However, the testing has to be carried out by professionals who can perform the test accurately and quickly. Royal Flush Plumbing boasts years of experience in in this field. We guarantee accurate carbon monoxide tests, ensuring your family’s safety and yours.

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Burning fuel sources such as gasoline, wood, propane, and charcoal produces carbon monoxide gas which is odourless and tasteless. When these gases fail to vent correctly – especially in a confined space – it can build lethal levels of carbon dioxide and lead to poisoning. Carbon Monoxide replaces oxygen in a person’s red blood cells and this may cause severe tissue damage or even death if unchecked.


Inhaling combustible gases may lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. When there is an excess of carbon monoxide in the air you are breathing, your body uses it in place of oxygen for your red blood cells, inhibiting the flow of oxygen to your cells and organs. Carbon monoxide is a gas emitted from multiple fuel-powered gadgets and engines like gas heaters or gas water systems; often these emissions are not that noticeable, however if used in an enclosed or constricted room, like when barbecuing with charcoal indoors, these amounts can become dangerously high.


Risks associated with carbon monoxide exposure include:

  • Unborn children – Compared to adult blood cells, fetal blood cells more easily absorb carbon monoxide. This increases the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning harming unborn children.
  • Children – Since young children breathe more regularly than adults do, carbon monoxide poisoning may be more dangerous for them.
  • Older people – The likelihood of developing brain damage from carbon monoxide poisoning may be higher in older adults.
  • People who suffer from persistent cardiac disease
  • People with a history of anemia and breathing problems – They are more likely to get sick from exposure to carbon monoxide.
  • Those who go unconscious as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning – Consciousness loss is a sign of more serious exposure.


Depending on the degree and length of exposure, carbon monoxide poisoning can cause:

  • Permanent brain damage
  • Damage to your heart, possibly leading to life-threatening cardiac complications
  • Infant loss or miscarriage
  • Death

Carbon Monoxide Tests

Verifying the presence and amount of carbon monoxide in your home is easy and quick. Certified professional inspectors use a portable, electric detector to test for the toxic gas in parts per million. Store-bought detectors are not as sensitive, so professionals utilize ones which have been calibrated to detect even trace amounts. The amount of time needed for testing depends on how many gas appliances are in your house, but typically takes 10 minutes or less per appliance with minimal disruption to your daily life.

Royal Flush Plumbing recommends that you get your home’s air quality tested annually to look for the presence of carbon monoxide, as it cannot be detected by sight, taste or smell. After the testing is done, you will get a full report outlining any findings plus advice on further steps. A certified professional can help interpret the results and guide you on what to do if they reveal elevated levels and suggest staying safe from possible health hazards.

Why are carbon monoxide tests important?

Testing the levels of carbon monoxide in one’s home is a must, as it can cause severe issues – both physical and life-threatening – that are hard to detect without the proper equipment. The most common symptoms include headaches, fatigue, nausea, dizziness and confusion – making it difficult to differentiate between CO poisoning and other illnesses. Regular inspections should be conducted to ensure a secure and healthy home environment.

Some of the most common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Nausea or diarrhea
  • Distorted vision
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Chest pains
  • Weakness

If you think you have a carbon monoxide leak in your home, don’t wait – get out of the house immediately and call an expert.

Benefits of Carbon Monoxide Testing

Carbon monoxide testing must be considered seriously to avoid any danger. However, there are also a lot of benefits of testing your heater in advance, and some of the benefits include the following.

Ensures Safety

Carbon monoxide can cause serious health issues even if it is released in a small amount. Therefore, consuming this gas is really dangerous to health; that’s why it is important to get all the sources checked, which include carbon monoxide. Some of the sources include heaters, gas logs, boilers, and others.

Analyzing New Appliances

If you have recently installed a new heater or any other appliances which include carbon monoxide, then it is essential to get the inspection done to make sure everything is working fine, and there is no leakage. The proper way of conducting this test is right after your heater is completely installed.

Prevents Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is a deadly and undetectable gas; it is dangerous due to its lack of odor and color. Thus, it is important to take necessary precautions and get carbon monoxide testing done in order to protect against this highly poisonous gas which deprives the body of oxygen.

Tips to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

It is important for the health of yourself and others to ensure your home or workplace is free from Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning. Symptoms of CO poisoning include headache, dizziness, nausea, and chest pain. To avoid this health risk, you can take some steps such as making sure there is ample ventilation in a room that contains Appliances like water heaters and not blocking it by let debris accumulate around it, installing a CO detector and changing its batteries every 6 months to make sure it’s working correctly, always have gas-powered appliances installed by professionals, never using these appliances as a heat source, and having them serviced by professionals to guarantee their safety and longevity.

Hiring a Professional to Conduct Testing

You must schedule regular appointments for the test with the maintenance. There are various reasons to hire only professionals with certified services to conduct the carbon monoxide test. Some of the reasons include the following.

Advanced Equipment

Professionals have access to advanced equipment and tools that helps them detect carbon monoxide better as compared to the devices we have installed at home.


Professionals are well-trained; that’s why they know how to detect and prevent carbon monoxide in the future. They also provide you with additional services for venting, combustion air, and fuel adjustments to make your appliances more efficient.


Professionals make sure you are breathing in clean air. They use advanced equipment to test the air inside your home and ensure there are no excessive levels of carbon monoxide that could cause any health problem.  

Authentic Report

You get authentic results and test reports after a professional inspection. Hiring professionals for inspection gives you peace of mind and authenticity that your home or workplace is free of any danger.

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