With it being the middle of November, it’s that time of year where we cozy up to a good book, a cup of tea or hot chocolate, or a loved one in front of the fireplace. Most homeowners would agree, there’s nothing like sitting in front of a warm fire on a cold evening. The problem is, few people realize that their chimney can be dangerous, especially if they have a gas heating appliance that uses their brick chimney for venting purposes.
According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), “Every day, without any visible signs, acid produced by your gas appliance may be eating away at the inside of your chimney. The resulting damage can compromise the safety of your family and the value of your home.” The solution? The CSIA, the National Fire Protection Association, and the Chimney Safety Institute of American recommends having an annual chimney inspection. This way, you can keep your family safe.
If you regularly use your fireplace or if you have a wood-burning stove, you probably already know that you’re supposed to have your chimney cleaned and inspected annually. But, if you’re like a lot of people, you weren’t aware of the fact that if you have a gas furnace or gas water heater – these appliances rely on chimneys to properly vent their exhaust.
When an appliance is fueled by natural gas or propane, it may not create the same noticeable soot that’s produced by other appliance that burn different types of fuel, but that doesn’t mean they can’t deposit corrosive substances in a chimney. “In many cases, these acids may wreak havoc on your chimney without producing any external symptoms until the problem has become dangerous or expensive to repair,” says the CSIA.
How do I Safeguard My Home & My Family?
If you’re like a lot of homeowners, you have gas heating appliances in your home. After all, natural gas is extremely popular, affordable, and highly-efficient. If your chimney was not inspected at the time the gas appliance was installed, you should have the chimney and heating appliance checked out. When there is a proper venting system-heating appliance match, it ensures an adequate draft within the heating system. If the draft is inadequate, it reduces the efficiency of the heating system, as well as the safety of the heating appliance.
“Although older chimneys are more likely to suffer, new chimneys are not impervious to the damage that can occur when venting gas appliances,” says the CSIA. Regardless of the age of your chimney, it should be inspected annually.
To learn more about the effects and symptoms of an improper heating-venting match, such as crumbling bricks, stains on the ceiling, white stains outside the chimney and our home energy audits, we invite you to contact Green Home Solutions today!