Furnace Flue Sweep and Maintenance
Many people don’t automatically see the furnace flue as something to keep independently maintained. The fact of it is, even if the furnace is maintained by the HVAC company, you must ensure that any chimney, vent or flue is checked annually by trained chimney technicians. This is vitally important to protect your home and it’s residents, as a build up of debris or the inner lining of the flue can become compromised by the corrosive nature of the furnace, boiler or water heater and cause dangerous gases to be emitted within the home.
Assessing Integrity – One of our fully trained professionals will be able to visually assess the chimney looking both up and down it, but as they are not able to climb inside, an integrity test will be performed. We will push the rods and brushes through the chimney, and if there is an issue with integrity you may see parts of the clay liner or tile become compromised and fall down the flue. This will suggest an integrity issue, which is vitally important to address as soon as possible for optimum safety.
Cleaning – The danger of a compromised furnace flue comes from a build up of debris or the inner lining of the flue, which can become compromised by the corrosive nature of the furnace and cause dangerous gases to be emitted. Carbon monoxide is a leading cause of death in homes, it is often due to improper or compromised home venting, which can lead to a build up of blockages in your chimney flue and heating ventilation systems. Our professionals provide a full sweep to ensure your furnace flue liner, clean-out pit and flue opening are clear and in optimum working order. This should be completed annually as carbon monoxide is a silent killer, and most of the time can not be diagnosed until it’s already caused too much damage. Carbon monoxide detectors can also be placed around your house for further safety but it is imperative that these checks and cleanings are done annually by trained professionals.
Removing & Preventing Obstructions – Any type of blockage can introduce the same dangerous result of causing carbon monoxide to enter the home. A bird or squirrel nest are often the main culprits of blockages. These two threats can simply be stopped by placing a properly sized UL listed furnace cap on top of the termination tile.
The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) code 211 says, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.”