Snow covered vents

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Old 01-05-14, 09:49 AM
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Snow covered vents

I noticed my kitchen exhaust vent (has a cap and 2 dampers) is covered. The cap that is. Should I not be using the vent until it melts? Or will sending warm exhaust up it cause it to ice over?


And while we are on the topic, what happens if the plumbing vents get covered? Should I be up on the roof in fridgid icy conditions clearing them?
 
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Old 01-05-14, 11:29 AM
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If anything, leaving the exhaust on would probably help melt the snow, since you are exhausting 70F air.

Plumbing vents will usually work fine even when covered in snow.

IMO the only reason to clear snow from a roof is to prevent ice damming.
 
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Your absolutely right XSleeper, after cooking dinner the exhaust was well exposed again.

Now if I can figure out how to do that with my driveway!
 
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Old 01-05-14, 04:31 PM
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LOL... in the nicest parts of Omaha a few people have heated driveways. It's pretty awesome to be driving along a snow packed street after a 10" snow and then drive past these houses with steaming clean driveways. And they didn't even have to scoop them!

Some ppl have too much money. I love working for them though! LOL
 
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I purposely run my exhausts when they are covered with snow....I can tell when they are cleared when either I hear the damper open up or when the fan starts to actually suck up a paper towel (instead of pushing it).
 
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