As a premier heating and cooling provider in both Ohio and Illinois, some of the calls we receive most often are from homeowners who have noticed a condensation issue within the walls, when an appliance has stopped working properly or their furnace is not venting efficiently during the winter months.
When your ventilation gets to the point of causing condensation on your walls, it’s unfortunate that the likelihood of damage to the appliance or structure of the home has occurred as well. Viccarone Heating and Air Conditioning would like to help homeowners prevent these problems, and the often expensive repairs that result, with a guide on how to conduct a visual ventilation system inspection.
How to Conduct a Visual Ventilation System Inspection
Visual inspection of all ventilation systems in your home should be conducted semi-annually for the most protection. If you notice any warning signs, contact us right away. Our technicians are available to help fix the ventilation system and protect your home, and are also able to conduct inspections of your systems for you, often pinpointing and rectifying potentially hazardous situations before they progress.
Most homes have a multitude of ventilation systems. Below, we’ll discuss each one and note what you should look for as you inspect them.
What You Should Look for When You Inspect....
With many homes in the Northeast Ohio relying on oil for heat, it’s imperative that the ventilation be regularly inspected. Furnace venting should not have any holes, cracks or defects in the ductwork, as this can allow waste gasses to re-enter the home. The outside ventilation cap should not be covered or blocked by any debris or cap. If you're experiencing any leaks be sure to call Viccarone Heating.
In modern homes, dryer vents are not secured to the wall and are flexible. While this is convenient, it also creates a situation where any movement of the dryer can dislodge the vent. The homeowner might not notice this, and over time dryer lint and moisture can build up in the walls, creating a mold and fire hazard. Always inspect your dryer vents to ensure they are secure.
Viccarone Heating has arrived on calls and found vents that had been blocked for months/years and the damage is happening from inside of the homes. Always be sure to check your dryer pipes after duct cleaning services. Your dryer pipes can be broken and lint/moisture can start blowing into ceilings, basements or walls over time creating unsafe conditions.
Often we see water heater vents that are capped with a grid to prevent debris from entering. While effective, this can also trap moisture within the system, and can lead to a variety of health and safety issues. Be sure to review the condition of your water heater semi-annually to ensure it's performing at it's best.
One of the most over looked areas of your home for visual inspection is the bathroom. Bathrooms are usually one of the most humid areas of a home, and as such requires proper ventilation. If your bathroom's fans malfunction, steam can be trapped in the room, leading to mold and drywall damage. Inspect the fans frequently and call for repair if they stop working or begin making sounds that are not typical.
If you have a new home, you need to be especially careful. We see venting that has been blocked with building debris or other materials throughout construction, etc.
External Vent Releases
Don’t forget to inspect the external vent releases in your home to ensure that the louvers are functioning properly. They should be unobstructed and move freely. If they are stationary, your home won’t be ventilated. If they are missing or broken, animals in the area are likely to seek entry.
Contact Viccarone Heating and Cooling Today!
We hope these tips will help you in some preventative measures, but if you notice anything alarming while conducting a visual inspection of your home, Viccarone Heating and Air Conditioning is here to help. Give us a call, or fill out our contact form today.