MAKE SURE TO KEEP YOUR FURNACE VENTS CLEAR OF SNOW
In the middle of winter, the last thing you want is for your Furnace to go out. With the possibility of a large amount of snow in the forecast, and the two coldest months ahead, it is important to make sure your Furnace vents outside your home are free of snow. These pipes are generally a white PVC material. Furnaces can shut off entirely because these vents are blocked with snow or ice – this is simply a safety mechanism. Without the proper ventilation, carbon monoxide can build up inside your home. The blockage of your vents will also decrease your energy efficiency. It is important to keep your Furnace vents clear and here’s some tips how to do it.
CLEARING SNOW AWAY FROM VENT
During and after this coming snowfall, check outside to make sure the vents are clear. If there is a snow buildup blocking the vent, we recommend removing the snow by hand to avoid damaging the vent pipe. Use caution when clearing the vent pipe as there may be an ice build up hidden under the snow attached to the pipe.
CLEARING ICE OFF VENT
If there is an ice buildup, do your best to scrap it off with a plastic putty knife. Shine a flashlight inside the pipe to inspect if there is any more ice. Sometimes, these pipes will have a stainless steel screen at the end. If your pipes are equip with the screens, be certain to inspect them during cold spells and snow storms. These can be problematic as the moisture freezes over the mesh and creates a barrier. The stainless steel screens are helpful when you have a critter problem. These screens are available at Colony Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning.
CHECK YOUR METERS
While you are checking your furnace vent, be sure to clear the snow and ice off of your meter. Similar to the Furnace pipe, your gas and electric meters can malfunction if exposed to heavy amounts of snow and ice.
Even if your Furnace is running normally, it is a good idea to check your vents during a snow storm. Stay warm this week and, “Call the Guys you Can Trust,” at Colony Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning with any heating issues. We service Cedar Rapids, North Liberty, Iowa City and surrounding areas 24/7. Give us a call at 364-HEAT today!