Rain is entering the flu pipe

Heating your home safely is easy, but it does require homeowners to be aware of certain hazards to avoid. It also is important to keep your home heating and cooling equipment in safe working condition. Perry provides the following tips to help keep you and your family safe.

Rain is entering the flu pipe

Postby Service » Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:30 pm

Any chimney top or flue vent should have a raised cap over it to prevent water from entering. There's usually about a 3 inch or more clearance between the top of the vent, and the pitched cap over it, with mesh around the opening to keep animals out.

Water entering a chimney is very bad - over time, either mortar will work it's way loose, or a metal chimney stack will corrode. In both cases, flue gases and carbon monoxide can enter your living space.

Water entering the flue stack for a gas furnace or water heater will corrode the unit itself, specifically the heat exchanger.

Better get it checked out.
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