As the holidays approach, there’s one thing that you should not neglect. If you haven’t already had your fireplace and chimney system inspected and cleaned, there isn’t a moment to spare. Call FireSafe Chimney Service now to set up an appointment as soon as possible so that you can enjoy the holidays worry free!
Parts of a Fireplace
The parts of the fireplace that are most visible are the firebox, the hearth, and the mantel. The hearth is the part of the fireplace that extends into the room; the firebox is the area where the fire is actually built. The mantel is the shelf that rests above the fireplace itself. Of these parts, the firebox takes the most abuse, of course; it is built to withstand the heat of the fire. As time goes by, the joints of the firebox can be damaged because the bricks will expand and contract as it heats and cools. This is one of the things that your chimney technician will be looking for.
Another important part of the chimney is the damper. The purpose of the damper is twofold. First, the damper is used to close off the chimney when the fireplace is not in use. It keeps the cold air from sneaking down the chimney and cooling the room and keeps the warm air from your house from sneaking up the chimney and out into the cold air. Another purpose of the damper is to allow enough draft to allow for a successful fire. When the fire burns hot, the combustion process is more efficient, and you’ll have more heat produced. Once the fire is burning hot, adjust the damper so that the heat doesn’t escape back up your chimney. Unfortunately, if your chimney leaks, the dampers might also become rusted, and that will make it difficult to control the airflow going into or out of your chimney.
Another thing your chimney sweep will look for is creosote buildup. When you burn wood in your fireplace, there are certain chemicals released along with the smoke that goes up your chimney. When this vapor reaches the cool interior of the chimney, it condenses and forms a substance called creosote, which is highly flammable and can cause chimney fires. As strange as it may seem, chimney fires can occur without the homeowner even realizing it. The worst part of this is that structural damage may have occurred without the knowledge of the homeowner. If your chimney begins to leak, you will run the risk of water leaking down the chimney and more than just your dampers might be damaged. The metal parts of the firebox assembly could also be rusted. Additionally, the interior of your home near the fireplace might also be damaged. It might also cause a cracked or deteriorated flue lining.
Give Firesafe Chimney Service a call today, spend every minute of the holiday season worry-free, and enjoying building memories!