Boiler flue position might be the least of your concerns when it comes to your central heating system at home, but the passage of new building regulations might make your think otherwise. New building codes and policies have imposed stricter rules about flue positioning, in view of the waste gas the goes out of these openings.
It’s time to reposition your boiler flue![xyz-ihs snippet=”336×280″]As much as the size and type of your boiler would permit, your gas flue must be positioned as far as possible from the windows, doors or any openings through which the waste gasses might pass through and enter your home. It must be remembered that the byproduct of combustion include toxic gasses like carbon monoxide. These gasses must be kept out of your home for your own safety.
The boiler flue must also be sited away from the corners of the building, or at least 60 centimeters above the balcony located on the highest floor. It should also be placed away from drainpipes and even the eaves. Although significantly cooled down, the gasses going out of the flue can still be hot enough to burn sensitive skin or worse, burn heat-sensitive materials that the flue pipe comes in contact with. In practice, the flue should be placed at least 30 centimeters away from plastic gutters or panes.
Another thing to look out for when it comes to boiler flue positioning is property boundary. This is particularly important if your flue opening directly faces a neighbor’s house, or the street. Waste gases can easily enter the house of your neighbors or easily inhaled by unsuspecting passers-by. In general, the flue should be placed at least 2.1 meters above head height; anything lower that this might cause you unnecessary skirmishes with local officials and angry neighbors.
You might also encounter regulations related to boiler flues that let waste gasses exit at the rooflines. The regulations basically seeks to help owners make sure that the waste gasses do not exit horizontally through the walls and back into the house. If the new regulations are strictly followed, homeowners can have the peace of mind that the registered engineer who installed the flue has made sure that the waste gasses exit via the roof and out of the house.
Any boiler flue that goes through the living space of the house are now required to be concealed in boards or cabinets that can be readily access. These access panels pave way for regular checkups that can be done by the homeowner himself without needing to call for a professional to help.
As observed in the past, many homeowners postpone flue inspection until the next boiler service schedule even though some problems have already been detected. The number one reason for such decision is to avoid additional inspection costs.[xyz-ihs snippet=”728×90″]