I was conducting a routine annual service on a boiler this week when from the inside of the house, where the boiler was located, I noticed that I could see daylight around the hole through the wall where the flue was positioned. Part of the service procedure it to check the entire length of the flue, whether horizontal or vertical, in order to make sure it has been installed correctly in the first instance, and to also check it’s effectiveness.
What shouldn’t occur, is for a big gap to be left around the flue, thus potentially allowing burnt products of combustion from coming back into the dwelling. Although to the layman this is no major problem, to a gas engineer it’s a dangerous situation! The worst of it was when the customer informed me of how the previous servicing company she used had also noted the problem and told her that it needed to be fixed, only to go away but then never be seen again!
Fortunately for the customer, I was able to make good the flue terminal using a high temperature flue cement which stopped any further products of combustion from potentially coming back into the internal dwelling space and causing a dangerous situation to occur. It wasn’t even a major job, and was done in only half an hour. Needless to say that the customer was more than happy knowing that the boiler had no only been serviced correctly, but was now completely safe to use too!
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