Furnaces and Snow: Keep Your Vent Pipe Clear!

What goes in must come out: Snow in the pipe is dangerous

furnace service massachusettsWhether you adore snow, or are counting the days until your next beach vacation, there’s something about snowfall that a lot of Massachusetts homeowners overlook: checking the vent pipes on the side of your home. Read on to learn about why this is an important task to remember when the weather gets snowy, and how you can protect your high-efficiency heating equipment, home and family after a snowstorm.

Why do you need to check the pipes, again?

Air intake and exhaust pipes from your furnace should be checked periodically throughout the year to make sure there is nothing in the pipe that shouldn’t be there. Obstructed pipes can be dangerous, especially if they become fully obstructed, causing carbon monoxide exhaust to build up, and waft back inside your home – potentially causing deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.

Snow is a shoe-in for those furnace pipes, so be vigilant

Of course, the furnace pipes could become blocked at any time of year. In the fall, for instance, leaves and tumbleweeds could blow into the flue. A creative squirrel, a child’s ball, or an errant mini drone could theoretically find its way into one of your furnace pipes as well! But winter snow brings the biggest risk, and here’s why:

Hazards abound when it comes to obstructed furnace pipes

So, what happens if your furnace intake or exhaust pipes become clogged and you do exactly nothing to remedy the situation? It isn’t pretty. Furnace pipes obstructed with snow and other debris can easily overheat or backup, resulting in:

What to do if snow is blocking your flue

Fortunately, it’s easy to prevent these disasters by simply checking your pipes and using a broom or small brush to sweep the pipes clear of any blockages. If something is stuck inside your pipes that cannot be removed with a brush, you can use a shop vac to dislodge the debris. If your pipes are located closer to your roof, you may need a ladder to access them.

TF Complete Heating & Cooling can give you COMPLETE peace of mind

If checking your pipes feels overwhelming, just give us a call and one of our TF Complete Heating & Cooling expert technicians can inspect and clear it for you. For added peace of mind, it’s a good idea to have your entire heating system, including your external furnace flues, inspected each year. These regular tune-ups – included in all of our service plans – reduce the risk of breakdowns and extend the life of your equipment. Most importantly, they also help keep you and your household safe!

Become a customer today, and be assured that your friends at TF Complete Heating & Cooling will be available whenever you need us in Bristol, Worcester, Middlesex and Norfolk counties and the surrounding areas.

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