Carbon monoxide may be one of the most lethal, potential problems we live with every day. Carbon monoxide has no smell or taste. Your lungs can’t tell when they are breathing in carbon monoxide and warn you about its implications.

10 Things In Your Home That Can Increase Your Risk Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

When carbon monoxide enters your body, it attaches to the hemoglobin with 200 times greater binding affinity than oxygen. Hemoglobin is what carries the oxygen all over your body, sustaining life as we know it. If oxygen can’t bind to the hemoglobin because CO is already occupying the space, the various parts of your body become oxygen starved, meaning they aren’t getting enough nutrition to sustain life.

It can happen quickly or slowly, depending on the levels of CO entering your body. With an estimated 200 people dying each year from CO poisoning, monitoring your home for carbon monoxide levels is something to take seriously. Problem can arise from many things, including:

1. Gas range

2. Gas dryer

3. Gas fireplace

4. Boiler

5. Central heating system

6. Water heater

7. Blocked flues and chimneys in your home can stop CO gas from escaping

8. Smoking cigarettes causes a rise in CO blood levels

9. Gas grills and fire pits

10. A running car will produce a lethal level of CO in a closed garage within ten minutes

Anything in your home using gas to operate can be a potential risk hazard if not properly maintained. New equipment that is properly installed and properly maintained should produce negligible quantities of CO gas. If the appliance isn’t serviced regularly or is operated outside of its guidelines has an increased risk of being a problem.

What can you do?

First, make sure you use all appliances and equipment according to manufacturers guidelines. When in doubt, call in a professional to make sure you are meeting guidelines.

Next, make sure you have a properly operating carbon monoxide detector system within your home. Consult with a professional to determine proper location.

Finally, maintain all appliances on a regular basis. Its important to call in a gas professional – a plumber has full gas certification – to check out all appliances, especially at the beginning of the season when you’ll be using an appliance more.

Its always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to keeping your home and your family safe.

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Go Natural Gas and Never Run Out Of Gas For Your Grill Again

Summer is here, and with it comes grilling season! This is the time of year when the most outdoor grilling is done. People enjoy gathering with friends and family on the patio, grilling delicious food, and enjoying the warm, wonderful weather. However, for many people, grilling is not always a joy – especially when the charcoal or the propane runs out.

If you depend on charcoal or propane tanks for your grilling needs, it may be time to consider the benefits of natural gas.

Having your grill connected to a natural gas line will ensure that you never run out of fuel again. Instead of having to run to the store for a new tank of propane or a new bag of charcoal each time you want to grill, all you have to do is turn the gas on to the grill, and you are good to go.

With a natural gas line permanently attached to your grill, you can enjoy yummy grilled food anytime, day or night, and all year round.

Another benefit of using natural gas for grilling is that it will save you money. Natural gas is about one-third of the cost of propane. When compared to charcoal, it will still save you money because it is such an affordable fueling option. You can also consider the amount of gas you will save from not having to go to the store each time you need a new bag or a new tank, not to mention the time you will save.

Overall, natural gas is a great grilling alternative to both propane and charcoal. It can give you constant access to fuel for your grill, it can save you time and money, and it has the same grilling capabilities as charcoal and propane.

Contact a professional to install a line to your grill and start enjoying the grilling season!

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8 Ways To Run Your Home With Natural Gas

When you think about natural gas, you probably think about cooking and heating. Natural gas is an affordable type of energy, even more so than electricity. It costs about 68 percent less than electricity. You may not know the many ways you can utilize this affordable energy source to help operate various things inside your home. There are numerous ways you can use natural gas to run your home, including:

1. Cooking – Of course, natural gas is a widely used resource for cooking. It provides quick heat and even temperature control. Electric stoves simply do not provide the same control when used for cooking, which is why natural gas is the preferred choice of many professional chefs.

2. Heating – Using natural gas as a heat source for your home is another way you can run your home with natural gas.

3. Cooling – When you think about natural gas, you probably do not think about cooling. However, natural gas air conditioners, although more costly than traditional air conditioners, actually have a longer lifespan and use less energy. Read more

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If you are ready to purchase a new range for your kitchen, you might feel overwhelmed at the various choices. Do you stick with your electric range or is time to convert to a gas range? You have a large number of choices to make, including the brand and model that you desire. There are various factors that go into your decision, making it important to understand the pros and cons of both.

Electric Ranges

There are many pros for installing an electric range in your home including:

Easy installation – all you have to do is plug it into the wall, there is no expertise required

Less Expensive – typically, electric ranges cost less than gas ranges

Greater Functions – electric ranges typically offer more functions than the gas range

Simple Care – because they offer a smooth surface, there are not a lot of grooves and crevices to clean, making cleanup and care simple

Easy Use – Simply turn it on and the stove starts without any flames or gas being emitted into the air

With every purchase come a few cons: Read more

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When it comes to powering your appliances, Natural Gas is an excellent and cost effective alternative to electricity.  However, just like any power source, gas leaks can cause serious harm if they are not dealt with properly and quickly.  Here are a few things you can do to protect yourself and your family from a gas leak.

Clear out - If you smell a lingering scent of rotten eggs (and it’s not coming from the two month old eggs in the refrigerator), you might have a gas leak.  Gather your family, and leave the premises.  You don’t want to extend your own or your family’s exposure to the gas leak any longer than possible.
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Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

When you think of inspecting your home for potential problems, you probably think about checking the roof for broken shingles, trimming tree lines away from power lines and eyeballing your water pipes for possible leaks. You may not think about inspecting your gas lines and gas pipes – and this could be a potentially life-threatening oversight. It is essential that you inspect your gas line and gas pipe on a regular basis, not only to ensure your own safety, but also to save money.

The primary reason why you need to inspect your gas line and gas pipe is for safety. A gas leak can lead to explosions, which can cause death. If your gas is leaking and you are unaware, the gas will create a “gas pocket” – a central location around the leak that is full of gas. Under the right circumstances, this gas pocket can ignite and explode – causing destruction of property and injury if people are present at the time of the explosion. Read more

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Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

Having a gas leak in your home can be a frightening experience, especially if you do not know what procedures to follow. Home emergencies can end badly when people are not ready for the unexpected. This is why families are encouraged to have their own fire drills at home – to make sure everyone, especially children, know exactly what to do in the event of a fire.

A gas leak is an emergency; but if you are prepared and know what to do when a leak occurs, there is no need to panic.

The good news is that it is fairly easy to know when you have a gas leak. Instead of spending each day in fear, remember that gas has a “rotten egg” odor. This is added to the gas to help make it easy to notice. If you ever smell that stinking odor, you know that you have a potential problem. There are also gas detectors, much like smoke detectors, that will alert you if you have a gas leak. Read more

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Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

Whether it’s a water heater, a stove, or a furnace, most households have at least one appliance that is dependent upon natural gas.  While natural gas makes our lives easier and more comfortable, it does pose a potential health hazard.

Do you know what to do to keep your family safe and keep your natural gas appliances effective and efficient?

Upkeep - The first step to natural gas safety is prevention.  If you can prevent a natural gas incident, you won’t need to know how to respond in such an instance.  Your appliances need consistent cleaning for greatest efficiency and safety.  Clear out filters, remove lint, clean burners, etc. Read more

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Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

There are many reasons why you might need an additional gas line installed in your home. Perhaps you bought a gas stove to replace your electric stove or you need to install a new gas water heater. No matter what the reason is for the installation of a gas line, there are a few things you should keep in mind. These do’s and don’ts will help you decide if you need a new gas line and, if so, the best way to go about having it installed.

Do hire a professional. When you are dealing with gas lines, unless you have the proper certification to install the lines yourself, leave it to the pros. There is just too much risk of injury and even death with improperly installed gas lines.

Don’t assume that you know best. No matter how skilled you may be at other handy work, you do not know more than the professionals do. Let them come in and install your gas lines so they are up to code. Read more

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Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

Summertime is just around the corner.  As the temperatures rise, people are contemplating the end of school, days at the pool, and backyard get-togethers with friends.  These visions wouldn’t be complete without that checkered picnic tablecloth, ice cold lemonade, and something delicious cooking out on the grill.  If you are considering constructing an outdoor room this summer, here are a few reasons why a gas grill is a must for your outdoor decor.

1. Family fun and food - The most important elements of any outdoor room focus on the family’s ability to use it for fun and food.  Who wants to be stuck indoors cooking on a beautiful summer day?  A gas grill allows you to enjoy the sunshine while you feed your family and friends.

2. A unique cooking place – While you can try to mimic grilled taste in your indoor kitchen, there is no way to truly get that hot-off-the-grill goodness without a grill.  Your new outdoor room provides a perfect opportunity for you to get that great grill taste without smoking up the kitchen. Read more

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Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

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