Carbon monoxide from condensate pipe

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Carbon monoxide from condensate pipe

Post by adonis » Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:06 pm

I read this on another forum about cutting the pipe in the house when frozen outside.

"Never leave an open condensate pipe in the house. Carbon monoxide can travel down this pipe, there is a water trap within the boiler but the risk is still there. The gas safe register warns about this and only ever advises about how to defrost the external pipe with hot water"

What do you gas guys think, is it a risk? I couldn't find anything on the gas safe register by the way, well not for a non installer.
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Re: Carbon monoxide from condensate pipe

Post by PLB » Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:31 pm

You raise a good point, and as you say it would be interesting to hear the other guys thoughts.

My feelings are that obviously this should only be considered as a last resort, short term, temporary fix and the intention should be to return to the original install ASAP.

As regards safety I would assume it good practice to check the condition of the trap and check that it is full of water before cutting the outlet pipe. Also, a carbon monoxide alarm could be placed close to the pipe outlet for some added reassurance.
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Re: Carbon monoxide from condensate pipe

Post by big-all » Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:42 pm

carbon monoxide is dangerous but in the fairly miniscule levels from a condensate drain will be far less dangerous than walking down a busy high street or indeed a good fart :lol:
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Post by PLB » Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:55 pm

big-all wrote:carbon monoxide is dangerous but in the fairly miniscule levels from a condensate drain will be far less dangerous than walking down a busy high street or indeed a good fart :lol:
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Post by someone-else » Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:58 pm

A carbon monoxide detector will not detect farts, for that you need one of These
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Re: Carbon monoxide from condensate pipe

Post by arco_iris » Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:02 am

big-all wrote:or indeed a good fart :lol:
Which health & safety measure presents the higher risk, a miniscule chance of CO poisoning from the condensate pipe of a boiler that must be faulty to be causing the issue, and may not even be inside the accommodation, or an old lady freezing to death from hypothermia because the boiler isn't operating at all?
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Re: Carbon monoxide from condensate pipe

Post by big-all » Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:25 am

arco_iris wrote:
big-all wrote:or indeed a good fart :lol:
Which health & safety measure presents the higher risk, a miniscule chance of CO poisoning from the condensate pipe of a boiler that must be faulty to be causing the issue, and may not even be inside the accommodation, or an old lady freezing to death from hypothermia because the boiler isn't operating at all?
yes exactly its its action in proportion to consiquenses thats important :lol:
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