Dangers of Carbon Monoxide in Your Home

When fall comes and homeowners crank up those fires for ambiance and heat, its important to remember that some heating appliances are “low maintenance”, but none are “no maintenance”. The chimney system is an intricate system of many parts that work together to properly vent a flame. A fire may burn well, but that doesn’t always mean it’s venting well. When a fire burns, hazardous byproducts are released into the chimney to vent, and if it’s not venting properly, these byproducts enter the home, causing multiple problems.

Silent Killer

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a silent, sneaky killer because it is odorless and colorless. People are poisoned by it before they know it exists, and die quickly. Everyone is at risk, but infants, elderly, and people who are chronically ill are more likely to become sick from carbon monoxide. Actually 400 people die from unintentional CO poisoning every year.

Symptoms Of Carbon Monoxide to Look For

Carbon monoxide poison from the fireplace in Sunapee NHCarbon Monoxide poisoning presents much like the flu, causing headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. Breathing it can cause you to pass out, and ultimately causes death, especially for people who are sleeping or intoxicated because they don’t experience the symptoms. Something to look out for is the entire family coming down with the same symptoms at the same time. Low-level exposure (like that from a chimney leak) over an extended period of time can cause organ and brain damage that is irreversible.

What You Can Do

If you have concerns about CO poisoning in your home, you should call the authorities immediately. You should leave your home and call the fire department and notify them of a possible carbon monoxide leak. Next, you should contact your chimney sweep company to schedule an inspection right away.

Before burning season you should install a carbon monoxide detector and routinely check and replace the batteries.

You should also keep up with routine chimney sweeps and inspections. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends regular sweeps and annual inspections in order to catch problems with the chimney before they cause problems for your family.

What the Professionals Can Do

A certified chimney sweep can recommend repairs to the chimney as well as recommendations for draft problems that can increase carbon monoxide exposure. One thing that can drastically reduce the likelihood of a carbon monoxide leak is keeping and maintaining a proper flue liner. The flue liner prevents gases and heat from transferring from the chimney to the house. The lining should be changed if the type of fuel is changed, or if a new appliance is installed. The flue lining may also require resurfacing or replacing if it is chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged. This can be a simple fix with cerfractory products like HeatShield®.

Black Moose Chimney and Stove hires only certified sweeps that are experienced in chimney safety, and that includes carbon monoxide safety measures. Our customers’ safety is our top priority, and we take recommendations seriously from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA).

Find out more about safe home heating here and call a Black Moose chimney sweep today.

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John RantaJohn Ranta
17:01 22 Mar 24
They arrived on time, worked quickly and showed me the results. Prfessional throughout. jr
william greenwilliam green
23:21 14 Mar 24
Really helped me out can't say enough good things highly recommend!!!! The young man that came to my home was very knowledgeable and friendly great attitude all around answered all my questions and left me stress free best of all left no mess.🤙🏻🤙🏻
Michael Dell'OrtoMichael Dell'Orto
18:39 14 Mar 24
Jaime ConleyJaime Conley
17:13 14 Mar 24
Sarah GilliattSarah Gilliatt
01:46 13 Mar 24
A very thorough and careful job done! Thank you.
Larry CookLarry Cook
15:11 07 Mar 24
I wanted to give 5 stars but they are very busy which meant I had a good wait for both the inspection/cleaning, then for a quote on repairs and then for the repairs. Their prices seemed a little high to me but I have nothing to compare with as they were highly recommended by someone I trust and other companies had plenty of negatives reviews which kept me from getting additional quotes. I am happy with the work and they promptly returned to fix a mistake that had been made. Chris the inspector, Jennifer in the office, and Alex and his repair crew were all pleasant and took the time to answer all of my questions. Alex and his crew even took their shoes off (it was winter) before entering my house without even being asked! So if you are not in a rush and want to ensure you chimney is as safe as possible then I think you'll be happy with Black Moose.
Rebecca DeFuscoRebecca DeFusco
22:35 21 Feb 24
After a recent sweep of our chimney, it was discovered that our flue tiles were cracked. Black Moose techs were hard working, detail oriented and professional! Nice jobs guys! See you next year for my cleaning!
Karen CKaren C
14:52 14 Feb 24
Excellent I highly recommend Black Moose Chimney and Stove; Kelly and Liam are awesome, they did a great job. Extremely professional, arrived early, went through everything with a fine tooth comb ensuring pellet stove was thoroughly cleaned. They also were respectful of my home, conscientious and cleaned up after themselves. Made sure stove worked prior to leaving and told me to call promptly if anything came up afterward. Will definitely use them again.
Denise ClarkDenise Clark
16:32 31 Jan 24
We've had Black Moose clean our chimney for a number of years.But recently, we had an emergency situation at our home involving our chimney & oil furnace flue, which was caked full of soot from a malfunctioning furnace. They came & cleaned out both flues in no time, even going up on the roof with snow on it! They cleaned up after their work in the interior rooms where the oil furnace and the woodstove are located. Great work. Reasonable prices. Very nice people. You can't go wrong with Black Moose.
Joe GJoe G
18:30 24 Jan 24
Goods: The technicians know their business, very efficient in cleaning/inspection along with cleaning up after the 'dirty work'.Others: Communications could be more effective. Despite early coordination about scope of work (multiple flues within same chimney) the estimate provided did not reflect this and the final invoice was significantly more than the estimate provided.Quote for follow-on chimney relining was significantly more than that offered by other companies in the area (and far more than neighbors experienced for similar work accomplished by other companies)