Safety Reasons for Chimney Sweeping

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Safety Reasons for Chimney Sweeping

When was the last time you had your chimney swept? For most homeowners, that answer is hard to pinpoint. Here at Fireplace ‘n’ Fixins, we’d like to remind you that it’s important to have your chimney, fireplace, and vents inspected at least once a year.

 

Regular chimney sweeping services will keep you and your home safe and lengthen the life of your chimney

According to the National Fire Protection Association, regular cleaning, maintenance and repairs will do more than prolong the life of your chimney. They will keep your family and home safe. Sooty buildup can lead to a chimney fire that is capable of damaging your chimney and spreading to inside your home.

 

How does a buildup of creosote affect my chimney?

 

Creosote can buildup inside your chimney, leading to a dangerous situation. The application of a professional-grade chemical treatment, such as an acid cleaning, can help to cut down on and remove the glazed creosote. You can also use of a chemical when you burn your fire. But the best prevention is a regular, annual inspection and cleaning by a professional.

 

What does a complete chimney sweeping entail?

A thorough chimney sweeping includes the chimney flue and smoke chamber, called a Level 1 chimney inspection and chimney sweeping. A description of this inspection can be found in the National Fire Protection Association 211: Standard on Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents and Solid Fuel-Burning appliances.

 

I have a gas fireplace. Do I need to check it too?

Absolutely. While gas is typically a clean-burning fuel, Mother Nature can cause your chimney and flue to get blocked. All it takes is a bird’s nest or natural debris. Additionally, if your modern, gas furnace still uses an older flue, the flue may be inadequate.

Reach out to Fireplace ‘n’ Fixins today to schedule your next chimney inspection.

 

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