There’s nothing like cozying up to the fireplace for warmth or dressing your mantle for the holidays. However, without the proper maintenance, nights spent around the fireplace with your loved ones may be short-lived. Much like a car, if you have been neglecting your chimney, there is a possibility that you will encounter problems down the road. To ensure the safety of you and your family members, it is important to follow regular maintenance and repairs for your chimney. Improper care of your chimney can cause damage and safety hazards to your home. Below are the most common chimney issues and how you can keep them at bay.
This is a very dangerous situation if not addressed. Blockages can be caused by bird’s nests, tree branches, leaves or other various debris. When your fireplace is not in use for an extended period of time, such as during the summer months, this debris builds up, causing a blockage in your fireplace. To prevent a dangerous fire or other hazard, we recommend having your chimney inspected once a year by a professional.
Creosote is a combination of black or dark tar and soot, a carbon powder that gives smoke its color. Creosote is dangerous because it builds up along the chimney walls and is highly flammable, which can cause chimney fires. The creosote can also cause dangerous fumes to build up in your home due to improper ventilation. This is a major cause of carbon monoxide deaths. This safety hazard can be avoided by cleaning out your chimney flue. With the proper tools and equipment, they will leave your fireplace clean, safe and ready for use.
Chimney flues are easily damaged overtime due to overheating and build-up. When they become damaged through cracks in the flue, this poses a very dangerous situation. If you notice your flue is cracked, refrain from use until a professional can come and take a look.
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