Don Bren from Don’s Filter and Furnaces says when winter weather rolls around, there’s a few things around the house you may need to take a look at.
If you have a chimney, you’ll want to check that out right away.
“Look to see if you can see the chimney see any snow build up or if you have any ice sickles that are getting thicker and thicker around the chimney pipe,” Bren said. “Peak at it and pay attention to it.”
Next up, the furnace and other heating appliances. Cold temperatures combined with snow can make them work harder than they normally do.
Bren says newer furnaces will shut down if something is clogging the chimney, warning someone when something is wrong, but older furnaces won’t.
And he says that can be a huge problem.
“The furnace will still work and give them heat. And it also will produce carbon monoxide, which you will not smell or see.”
Dickinson Fire Chief Bob Sivak says along with your chimney, your gas meter should be free and clear of snow as well.
“The vent needs to be able to work,” Sivak said. “Everything inside needs to be able operate. If it’s all snowed in, cased and iced, that’s not going to happen.”
And he says some people may smell a bad odor coming through their vents.
That’s because it’s probably blocked by snow or frozen because of the cold .
“Sometimes that can be alleviated by pouring hot water down a floor drain, but sometimes the only recourse is to have somebody that’s capable get on the roof and open up the blockage in the vent pipe.”
Sivak says the biggest thing you can do to prevent some of these problems is maintenance.
Make sure all heating appliances are up to date and if you’re in doubt don’t hesitate to call someone.
Home fires are also a big problem during the winter season. For information and safety tips on what to do to prevent them from happening and also what to keep an eye out for this winter, visit ww.dickinsonfire.com