Are you aware that a heavy snowfall can prove more than just a driving hazard?
As Charlottesville slowly digs out from under two feet of snow, we breathe a sigh of releaf when we make it safely home and consider ourselves fortunate to have not lost power. But are you aware of the hidden danger that this unusually deep snowfall can have brought to your home?
If you have gas/propane hot water heaters you may have a danger in this weather that you do not realize. These hot water heaters have the exhaust vented to the outdoors, releasing carbon monoxide which is a by product of the process, safely outside. These venting pipes are usually sited in the foundation wall about 18 inches off the ground. Most of the time the exhaust is hot enough to melt any snow which may obstruct the pipes. However the current unusually heavy snowfall coupled with drifting and freezing may have created conditions that prevent such melting to take place. If the exhaust cannot vent to the outside, there is the risk of carbon monoxide building up inside the residence. It is a good idea to check the exhaust pipe as long as the snow remains on the ground, particularly if you have snow falling off the roof.
I was recently made aware of this information through the Glenmore Community Association bulletin. Glenmore is a gated community located just to the east of Charlottesville Virginia. This is a beautiful neighborhood with homes for sale ranging from the mid four hundreds up to a million and a half. At the heart of Glenmore is a golf course and country club.
Contact Pam Dent, e-PRO, SRES, NHD, REALTOR®, Real Estate III, Charlottesville, Virginia at 434 960-0161 to buy a property in the following areas in Central Virginia: Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Keswick, Glenmore, Ivy, Crozet, Earlysville, Free Union, Cismont, Scottsville, Fluvanna County, Palmyra, Lake Monticello, Louisa County, Louisa, Mineral, Spring Creek, Orange County, Gordonsville, Orange, Barboursville, Greene County, Ruckersville. Email Pam Dent.
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