Maintenance and Safety Inspections on heating equipment and water heaters are a necessity and a potentially life-saving service call.
During a recent safety inspection in Winnetka, IL – Scott a Unique Indoor Comfort Heating & Cooling team member found the base of a chimney plugged with concrete and debris as a result of a chimney repair and rebuild completed by a masonry contractor earlier this summer. The plugged chimney had been causing the hazardous flue gases from the water heater and boiler to vent directly into the basement and living space of the home. The improper venting of the hazardous flue gases precipitated a serious health risk and the possibility of death for the entire family. Five – (5) Gallon buckets of concrete and debris were removed and the chimney was correctly repaired and now is venting properly.
- Having functioning carbon monoxide detectors are required by law in Illinois since 2007.
- Every “dwelling unit” – i.e.: home, condo, townhouse, apartment must be equipped with at least one operable carbon monoxide alarm within 15 feet of every room used for sleeping purposes.
- Carbon monoxide detectors HAVE an expiration date; usually 3 to 5 years depending on the manufacturer.
- Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors batteries should be replaced on an annual basis or per the manufacturer’s instructions.
Contact your local fire department or Unique Indoor Comfort Heating & Cooling for any questions and more information on carbon monoxide detectors.
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