The holiday season is fast approaching and homeowners everywhere are getting excited to put their fireplace to more frequent use. When cold weather hits and snow begins to fall, nothing is more idyllic than cozying up to a crackling fire with loved ones. Yet, ensuring the proper steps are taken to keep your home and family safe is vital when you own your own chimney and fireplace.
Now is the time to schedule your regular sweeping and inspection. Chances are, your fireplace has been in the back of your mind throughout the Spring and Summer months, which means a few steps need to be taken to ensure it is safe and ready for regular use.
Dirty chimneys are a leading cause of chimney fires. Not only do they damage the health of your chimney, but they put your home and family at risk, as well. Fires spread quickly, and one could easily work its way through the rest of your home.
Chimney fires put your fireplace through a lot. Too much heat causes the various parts to break down at a rapid pace. Cracks and holes will form and the mortar and other materials will break down quickly. The more wear and tear your chimney faces, the more potential danger your home is in. These damages will likely lead to a collapse or settlement, leaving you with a big mess and countless costly repairs.
The reason dirty chimneys are more vulnerable to fires is due to the build-up of creosote. Creosote forms as your fireplace is put to use and it is highly flammable, so excess accumulation is not good. This is why having your fireplace professionally cleaned is so vital! Experts know where to find this debris and how to remove it with the proper tools and chemicals, so schedule your appointment today!
Inspections are another important aspect of pre-Winter chimney maintenance. After months without much attention, your chimney and fireplace will likely need some tuning up before you start building fires. An inspection offers you peace of mind, knowing that everything is working great and ready to operate. Should a sweep find anything abnormal, they will know how to proceed forward with the necessary repairs and leave you with a great looking and well-running fireplace.
Inspections are also good for making certain no blockages or build-up will cause venting problems. Birds, squirrels, and other critters often deem chimneys and pipes ideal spots for building homes and storing their findings. Unfortunately for you, these materials not only trigger fires, but prevent smoke and other toxins from properly escaping. The last thing a homeowner needs is dangerous gases backing up into their home, affecting the health of friends and family. Schedule an inspection today to ensure you are good to go before building any fires.
At Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney, our customers continue to turn to us for all of their chimney and fireplace needs. Call us today to schedule your sweeping and inspection and to get the service you deserve. We look forward to working with you!