Furnace Flue Cleaning & Repair
Chimney sweeps are not just for traditional, wood-burning fireplaces and chimneys. Furnace flues need cleaning as well. The particulate build-up within a furnace flue might not be as great as that of a fireplace or stove, but it still happens. The flue is not maintained by the utility company or fuel provider, so chimney sweeps are needed to make sure there are no hazardous build ups of particles.
When particles build up within a furnace flue, there is a danger of blockage. When flues become blocked, toxic gasses such as carbon monoxide can be prevented from venting properly, being forced back into your home and posing a danger to your loved ones. For this reason, it is essential that your furnace flue is inspected and cleaned.
If you are looking for a chimney sweep company to service your furnace flue, Mercer County Chimney Services can get the job done. We are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG), so you can trust that we know our way around a flue. We will make sure that your flue is completely cleaned of particles so that you may have peace of mind.
Though furnace flues do not suffer from the same exact problems that wood-burning stoves face, there are still hazards that can pose serious risks. Acidic condensate is one such risk, as it can eat away at the flue lining. This acid is a by-product of gas and oil furnaces. Another problem furnace flues can face is blockages, which can be caused by a substance called “scale” that is found in gas systems. Scale forms when gas byproducts and moisture combine, and as it builds up, it can block ventilation. As mentioned before, blockages can cause carbon monoxide to enter the home since it cannot be properly vented.
Whenever you move into a new home or install a new furnace in your existing home, it is a good idea to have your furnace flue inspected. Modern heating units have high capacity for heat output and energy efficiency, and it is important to inspect your flue to make sure it is compatible with the new furnace. An inspection will let you know if your venting system is able to meet the requirements of your new appliance. Another instance scheduling an inspection might be a good idea is in the event that an appliance is converted for the purpose of using gas. Flues should be inspected and cleaned before making the switch so that oil or coal soot that may be leftover does not drop down the flue and cause the system to become clogged. It is also recommended that any forced air furnaces, hot water furnaces, and all vented systems be inspected annually.
If you are looking for a chimney sweep company to inspect or clean your furnace flue, call Mercer County Chimney Services at 609-802-5288. We serve homes all across the county, including cities such as Hamilton NJ, Lawrenceville NJ, Chesterfield NJ and Allentown NJ.