backdraftAre Combustion Gases Spilling Into Your Home?

Does your home have any of these combustion appliances?

  • Gas-fired furnace, boiler, or water heater?
  • Oil-fired furnace, boiler or water heater?
  • Wood stove or fireplace?
  • Other fuel-burning device?

If so, then combustion gases will be produced as the fuel burns. Normally, these combustion products — which can include both visible smoke and various invisible gases — should be vented to the outdoors through a chimney or vent pipe. Unfortunately, they may instead escape into your home, where they could raise a variety of health and other concerns.

Combustion spillage is the term used to describe the unwanted flow of combustion gases into your home. The quantities involved are usually small. However, the number of houses with potentially significant spillage is increasing, and on occasion the results can be extremely serious. This fact sheet provides some important information about combustion spillage. It alerts you to some of the symptoms and outlines practical steps you can take to reduce the risks. In short, this fact sheet is designed to help you keep combustion gases OUT of your home..........

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