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Health risks of a faulty boiler

Health risks of a faulty boiler

Boilers are often out of sight, out of mind. We can go for months without even looking at them, but as we transition into winter, it is time to pay them close attention. A malfunctioning boiler is not only expensive, but it is also extremely dangerous. Here are some signals of a faulty boiler and their health risks.

Signs of a malfunctioning boiler

There are several signs of a faulty boiler, but we will be looking at those that signal something more serious. The first and most obvious sign is a pungent gas smell; gas leaks can be extremely hazardous. Once you smell gas fumes, turn off your boiler immediately, and ensure that you do not have any naked flames around that area.
The second sign to look out for is soot marks around the boiler. If anyone in your building has complained of headaches and nausea, they could be suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, so evacuate the building immediately.

What is carbon monoxide poisoning?

Carbon monoxide is an odourless gas and is often referred to as a silent killer. It is extremely dangerous, and it can be lethal if it goes unnoticed. Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when carbon monoxide increases in your bloodstream to a point where it replaces oxygen in the red blood cells.

What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?

• Headache

• Dizziness

• Nausea or vomiting

• Weakness

• Shortness of breath

• Blurred vision

• Loss of consciousness

• Complications

The severity of the complications depends on the length and degree of exposure, but they mostly include:

• Death

• Brain damage

• Miscarriage

• Life-threatening cardiac complications

How to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning?

As you know, prevention is better than cure. Do not let your boiler deteriorate to a point where it poses a threat to you and your employees. Servicing your boiler once a year is enough to keep it in tip-top condition. If you are worried about forgetting to service your it, Brooktech Maintenance offers a planned maintenance subscription. Contact us today to get a boiler service quote.

 

 

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