Here is a fact most homeowners are unaware of: the home requires a regular chimney cleaning – even if you don’t have a chimney. Confused? Let us clarify: more specifically, you need a flue cleaning. The flue is similar to a chimney, and it requires regular maintenance much like the air ducts in your home.
Modern chimneys have a flue. This is an inner metal lining that shuttles soot, gas, carbon monoxide, and other byproducts out of the home. Flues aren’t just found in chimneys; they are also attached to furnaces, boilers, and HVAC systems.
Flues remove harmful substances, making their structural integrity even more vital. Creosote is the main byproduct found in a chimney flue. For oil-burning appliances, the main buildup is soot. Gas appliances tend to leave behind less deposits, but may still produce acidic byproducts, such as chlorine and sulfur.
Aside from buildup, flues can also experience backups much the same way as a drain. Debris from leaves, twigs, and animal nesting can accumulate inside the flue. Fortunately, homeowners can easily remedy this problem by installing a flue cap. Blockages can prevent the smooth exit of harmful substances, creating potential fire hazards or health concerns.
Flue cleaning is not a DIY job. A technician must disconnect the vent pipes from the burner and use a special vacuum to catch and loosen debris. For flues that enter a chase and bend at a 90-degree angle, a technician uses a flexible air whip in place of a standard brush and cleaning rod.
The summer is the ideal time to clean your furnace, ducts, and dryer vents. Schedule a cleaning with Aurora Edmunds Furnace Cleaning. A flue cleaning is necessary for healthy appliance function and home safety.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Serving Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Bellevue, King County
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