We could all use one now and then. Your water heater needs to do so all the time! All water heater venting systems use a vent duct or pipe (it is also known as a chimney or flue) to bring exhaust gases from the water heater to the wide-open outdoors. The duct may be metal or plastic, depending on the type of vent system you have.
The most common problem associated with water heater venting is a condition called backdrafting (not the fireman movie!). In this case, exhaust from the water heater fails to exit your home via the vent and instead ends up in the house. Backdrafting can have many causes, but it is most commonly due to poor vent design or installation.
You don’t necessarily need to know all of this, but Shawn Allen does. Shawn is professional water heater installer out of Snohomish who services the plumbing needs of the greater Seattle area. For water heater repair or replacement, or any other common plumbing problem call Shawn Allen at (425) 367-4744.