Time for Your Annual Chimney Cleaning and Inspection
Autumn is a season of many beloved things! Cooler weather, changing colors of leaves, cozy sweaters, and hot cocoa are all harmless delights. But what about lighting that first crackling fire in your fireplace? This is a pleasure to be approached with caution to ensure your home and family are safe. Annual chimney cleaning and chimney inspection are recommended by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Chimney experts will remove dangers and determine whether any chimney repairs are needed.
The Importance of a Clean Chimney
With each wood fire in your fireplace, some combustion byproducts go up the chimney. Some stick around inside the chimney liner in the form of creosote. The highly flammable, tar-like substance increases the likelihood of a chimney fire.
Dirty Chimneys and Chimney Fires
A dirty chimney is the leading cause of chimney fires. It’s important to ignore misleading claims that chimney fires are helpful for burning out creosote. In fact, fires in chimneys are destructive and life-threatening. Once a burning ember causes creosote to ignite in the flue, the fire can be continually fueled by layers of the gunk. Chimney fires damage chimney liners, destroy homes and cause injury and death every year.
Cleaning Needed to Remove a Flue Obstruction
It’s very hazardous anytime a chimney has some type of blockage. When the toxic fumes from the fireplace can’t exit through the chimney, they enter the home. Among the harmful fumes is carbon monoxide, known as the Silent Killer. Carbon monoxide is tasteless, odorless, and invisible. What makes exposure especially risky is that it is also a symptomless toxin. Without the warning provided by a carbon monoxide detector, occupants exposed to the Silent Killer often don’t escape the fumes in time to survive.
Built-up creosote is the leading cause of chimney obstruction. Other causes include birds’ nests, animals that have crawled into the chimney, and debris from trees. Whatever causes blockage, a chimney inspection and cleaning will mean it is discovered and can be removed, along with related dangers.
Reduce Seasonal Allergies
Chimney drafts attract dust, pet dander, pet hair, and other irritants from the home, along with combustion materials. Allergy-sufferers can be affected by allergens that circulate when a fire is lit. Chimney cleaning will help remove potential allergens and keep the air in your home cleaner.
Chimney Inspections Solve Problems
Annual chimney inspections are invaluable because chimney experts are able to identify problems in the early stages. Addressing moisture damage, for example, is less expensive when repaired sooner rather than later. It is often during an inspection that chimney liner damage is discovered. Fireplaces and stoves should never be used as long as there is even the smallest breach in the liner. Only when the flue liner is intact can it protect nearby combustibles from extreme heat and prevent leakage of toxic gases into the home.
Contact Chimney Cleaning Experts at Chimney Solutions
Chimney Solutions of Alpharetta, GA, has a team of certified chimney sweeps ready to perform reliable chimney cleaning and chimney inspection services for you. Call without delay at (770) 255-1300 because chimney repairs may be needed. You don’t want to further delay getting in on the wonderful ambiance of a glowing fire in the fireplace, do you?