The storm of the winter is approaching, just a reminder to make sure you keep an eye out for a few hazardous situations. The storm is expected to drop two feet of snow, which can cause some boiler and furnace vents to become blocked. When they become blocked your home may become backed up with carbon monoxide. While you are out shoveling, check the side of the house where the vents are to make sure the snow is not blocking the pipes. During the daylight hours you can pop open the access to the chimney to see if you can see any daylight, if not then snow or ice may be blocking the roof vent. With winter halfway over, it is still a good idea to get your boiler serviced by your heating professional to ensure it is functioning properly. Your furnace and boiler are working every few minutes and gradually over the winter snow or ice can build up and cause a dangerous situation. It can happen over days and weeks, but with a storm of this magnitude, it can turn into a matter of minutes. The new high efficiency boilers and furnaces are designed to condensate liquid in the heat exchange process. When the temperatures begin to drop, if the heating equipment was not properly installed and draining properly ice could form, the system may become blocked and unsafe. Another important place to remove snow from is around the gas meter to make sure no water can seep into the meter and cause it to freeze. Finally, make sure all of you carbon monoxide detectors are plugged in and working properly, incase your vent happens to become blocked they will be able to alert of a potential problem before it becomes serious. Any questions or concerns please contact us.