Homes that rely on gas or oil for heating and appliances should have the utility flue inspected and cleaned every time the chimney is inspected and cleaned. The utility flue provides ventilation for all of your oil or natural gas appliances in much the same way the fireplace’s chimney provides ventilation for your fireplace. Both flues get dirty and can lead to a blockage or carbon monoxide buildup. So the next time you call us to inspect or clean the chimney and fireplace, make sure we add your utility flue to the schedule as well.

Why Sweep the Utility Flue

The primary reason you should have the utility flue inspected and cleaned is to ensure that there are no blockages. Blockages in the utility flue could lead to serious problems like carbon monoxide buildup. Carbon monoxide puts your family at risk for many health concerns including:

  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Organ Damage
  • Death

Another great reason to have the utility flue swept is because the buildup, similar to creosote, is damaging to the metal utility flue. The corrosive residue can eat holes through the flue and cause serious problems with all of your natural gas or oil burning appliances.

The best time to have the utility flue cleaned is when you have the chimney flue inspected and cleaned. This way we can get both flues on the same date and you’re free to schedule all of your other home maintenance issues – we all know there are a lot of home maintenance projects to do each year.

The chimney sweeps here at Lou Curley’s Chimney Service are CSIA Certified and we have years of experience under our belts. We strive to continue our education as often as possible so we’re always in the position to offer you the best possible chimney services in Drexel Hill and all along the Main Line. Call us at 610-626-2439 to discuss your chimney needs or to schedule an appointment for a chimney cleaning, chimney inspection, or chimney repair.