Chimney inspections should be performed once a year to prevent a chimney fire and to ensure everything is in proper working order. When needed, cleaning the chimney involves removing soot; harmful blockages; and the highly flammable creosote from the liner, firebox, smoke chamber, and damper.
How can you minimize problems?
- Use good burning practices
- Never use a burning appliance or stove that is not functioning properly
- Use the right type of wood: avoid pine
- Annual inspections will reveal any creosote buildup so you can address it before it compromises the fireplace safety or makes it less efficient by reducing the draw.
Do you use your chimney on a regular basis?
Great! In addition to having it cleaned regularly, also remember to check other venting systems connected to your furnace and stove. Never neglect your fireplace, stove, furnace, or heating appliance systems. An unknown defect that goes unnoticed could spell disaster.
Do you rarely use your chimney?
We recommend that you still keep up with the annual inspection even if your fireplace, stove, or chimney do not require use-related cleaning. Part of the inspection is necessary to identify any issues that may exist so that the next time you do light that fire, you can rest assured that the chimney is safe.
For example, may pests make nests in chimneys that aren’t in regular use. They could clog your flue or chimney chamber. In addition, weather-related conditions can place stress on your masonry and liner.
Have you recently upgraded or changed your heating systems?
If the answer is yes, then now is the time to have everything inspected. An inspection by a qualified chimney expert will reveal any inadequacies.
Stay on top of it this season!
This holiday season, give yourself the gift of precaution. The longer you go with an undetected problem, the more costly it will become. Stay on top of your home and you will protect your family, your wallet, and your peace of mind. Call Fireplace ‘n’ Fixins today to inquire about chimney cleaning and inspection.