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FURNACE FLUE

By mainechimne63644266, Feb 20 2020 04:33PM

Many homeowners are unaware that their furnace flue, boiler flue, and water heater flu also require regular cleaning. (Newer, high-efficiency furnaces and water heaters that have PVC "power vents" are an exception.)

These flues should be cleaned regularly in order to remove buildup and to ensure appropriate draft so that dangerous fumes and smoke have an escape and do not build up inside your home. Uncapped flues especially are prone to clogs from debris and nesting animals, creating a fire hazard.

Mostly what dirties furnace flues is rust scale or gas sediment, which is created during the process of combustion. This sediment is the consistency of beach sand, and, left unchecked, it piles up and can clog the flue.

Various critters sometimes find their way into furnace flues as well, plugging it and potentially jamming the motor.

The biggest danger of a clogged furnace flue is carbon monoxide (CO). When the flue is plugged, pollutants generated during the process of combustion are unable to escape completely. These pollutants, including CO, will backdraft into the house, and this is of course very dangerous for you and your family, as the hazards posed to human health from CO are well known.

All of this risk is of course easily minimized with regular maintenance and checks on your heating appliances and their associated flues, including regular furnace flue cleaning. In this case, a little prevention really does go a long way.

Looking for flue cleaning? Give us a call to schedule an appointment. 618.235.6364

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