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    Default Very Strange. Need Help!

    We have a residential split level ranch home in out town that for over the last year have been having issues with CO levels. Our head of Emergency Services for the County has been working with them to solve the issue. They went all winter with no readings until 3:00 a.m. today. Last year they thought the vehicles in the garage may have been an issue so they installed a commercial exhaust fan they run for 30 minutes every time they pull a car in or out. The home owner said she also did some research and found that the lysol cleaner she had been using good have been causing some trouble, she stopped using it and the problem seemed to go away until now. The odd thing is the home is 100% electric. We had four detectors this morning and all but one was showing a reading ranging from 7ppm to 15ppm. I am wondering if any other gas good trigger a false reading on these units. The other strange thing is they have two young children and the mom told us that they had the youngest one tested and had a positive result for minor CO in their system. Any thoughts, ideas???


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    Is electrical distribution overhead or underground? If underground, CO could be migrating in through service entry.
    Any odor involved? Possible there is some small smoldering type condition in wiring or motor somewhere. Maybe intermittent use of equipment causes problem and odor then dissipates before FD arrival.

    Is there a neighboring building that could be producing CO that then finds it's way into home?

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    fan or not,im still suspicous of the vehicles
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    Do they smoke

    We're they running the heater this morning

    Candles??

    Sounds like they need an enviro lab to set up monitoring

    Levels higher in one part of the house verses another

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    Any chance it is leaching into the home from the soil?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fire49 View Post
    Do they smoke

    We're they running the heater this morning No heating was on.

    Candles?? I thought of that later today but did not ask at the time.

    Sounds like they need an enviro lab to set up monitoring

    Levels higher in one part of the house verses another
    Levels today were higher in the basement laundry room that does have a floor drain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WVFD705 View Post
    Any chance it is leaching into the home from the soil?

    I am not sure, is this possible and what would the source be????

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    Have plumber check the drains, make sure they are not dry

    Might have them scoped for breaks

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    Is the cooktop properly vented?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSMV72 View Post
    I am not sure, is this possible and what would the source be????
    I doubt this is the problem, but if you keep coming up empty on sources inside the home, it is probably worth looking outside.

    Soil normally uptakes CO. The microbial activity in the soil, especially if it is moist, should result in capture of CO. If it is hot and dry, however, soil can release some CO. I might try approaching it like you would if you were having a radon problem. Leaks through underground plumbing. Maybe leaks through cracks in the basement.

    Might also get them to log their activity in the event it is something in the home you aren't able to find when you are there. Perhaps you can find a pattern?

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