Today’s post is by Troy Lowe; Vice President of Development at SafeSourcing.
The other day I noticed that there was a small puddle of water on the basement floor. I looked up and saw that there was a large PVC pipe that was dripping water. I followed the pipe and it runs from the furnace to the outside of the house to the side yard. After doing some research on the internet I discovered that the pipe is a flue that runs from the furnace to the outside. This flue is used for venting the furnace gases to the outside of the house. When the furnace is running, the flue contains heat, carbon monoxide and usually some moisture. So the drip that I am seeing is probably being caused from the condensation and it is leaking out through a small crack or a loose joint in the PVC. After reading several articles, I have discovered that the leak may not only be the water/moisture but also leaking carbon monoxide as well. The articles stated that is type of leak can be very dangerous and should be repaired immediately. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas formed by the incomplete combustion of fuels. When people are exposed to CO gas, the CO molecules will displace the oxygen in their bodies and lead to poisoning and death. I called our local HVAC company that we usually use and they are coming out to do a full inspection on the unit. If you haven’t had your HVAC inspected lately, below are some reasons you may want to have it inspected soon.
- Prolong the life of the furnace and heating systems
- Prevent carbon monoxide leaks
- Clean built up dirt and rust
- Replace worn out parts
- Increase efficiency
- Keep warranty valid
- Clean air filter
- Keep your family and teams safe
If you are looking for someone to inspect your HVAC Installations and Unist and would like help researching available options, feel free to contact SafeSourcing. We can gather all the necessary information for you and help you decide which one meets your needs. If you would like moreinformation on how SafeSourcing can help you, can help you, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service representative. We have an entire team ready to assist you today.