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Old 04-29-2012, 04:22 PM  
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Can anyone help me identify what this may be. I just noticed a little access hatch located behind my furnace- leaking. It appears to be orange/brown in colour and dries to some type of crust.

I live in a 55 year old house and we recently had some plumbing work done 5 months ago to replace the ceramic pipes running under the house. I wonder if it's related to the mystery substance?


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Old 04-29-2012, 05:34 PM  
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Efflorescence. Minerals (calcium, salt, lime) being leached/washed out of the concrete due to moisture such as a water leak.
Is it possible that what ever plumbing work you had done was to correct a water leak or perhaps created a water leak?


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Old 04-29-2012, 05:48 PM  
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Open the hatch and take a look.
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Old 04-29-2012, 08:13 PM  
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broke the hatch prying it open with a crowbar, but this is what we found
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Is there a flue cap at the top of the furnace vent?
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there's a new furnace installed - so as far as we know this access door isn't connected to anything inside the house. It only recently start leaking that crusty orange stuff so water must have gotten in there somehow.
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What is the access door for? A chimney
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Old 04-29-2012, 08:33 PM  
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That's the mystery, the access door is located on the wall behind where our furnace is installed. We have no clue where it leads to.
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oldog/newtrick- THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

We googled chimney cleanouts and the pictures we found are exactly like what we're dealing with. Apparently all the raining recently caused the flooding. I need to get the chimney cap fixed and have something brought in to seal the cleanout permanently.


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