New Years Day is fast approaching. It seems like Thanksgiving and Christmas came and went so quickly, and now it’s time to think about making some resolutions for the new year. Maybe you want to spend less time at work and more time relaxing with your family. Perhaps you have a special project you’d like to undertake this year, like learning how to do woodworking or perfecting your homemade bread recipe. You might be adopting some self-improvement goals, like increasing your workout program or taking a class at a local college. Or maybe you’re looking to catch up on those home improvement projects you’ve been putting off for a couple of years. If one of those projects is making sure that your fireplace is clean and running properly, it’s a good idea to move that to the top of your list.

Proper Fireplace Maintenance

Proper fireplace maintenance may be an easy thing to put off. Fireplaces and chimneys are sturdy structures that don’t take a lot of daily care, but that doesn’t mean that things can’t go wrong. That’s why it is so important to have your chimney inspected and cleaned on an annual basis by a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney sweep like the highly qualified sweeps at Firesafe Chimney Service. It’s important to check for creosote buildup to avoid the possibility of a chimney fire, and to make sure there are no blockages from dried debris or birds’ nests which could also catch a spark and cause a fire. This will also prevent a backup of smoke into your room.

No Repair Work Needed

Another thing that we’ll be checking for is necessary repair work. There are some things that are vital that you have fixed right away so that you know that your fireplace is operating efficiently and safely. One of these things is the damper system. The damper is a set of metal levers on the inside of your chimney. When they are closed, they seal off the chimney so that cold air doesn’t enter and warm air from inside your home doesn’t escape. In an open position, they allow the smoke from your fire to escape into the great outdoors. Because they are made of metal, they can become warped or rusted, and that can cause problems. Your chimney may not be allowing smoke to leave, which means some of the chemicals are allowed back into your home. This can cause health issues such as respiratory problems, sore and itchy eyes, nausea, and other flu-like symptoms.

If the mortar of your chimney has been weakened due to leaks and precipitation, there could be structural issues which allow smoke to re-enter your home. We’ll check out every part of your chimney to make sure it’s in tip-top shape, running safely and efficiently. Besides CSIA certification, we are certified by the National Fireplace Institute (NFI) and have memberships with the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG) and the Massachusetts Chimney Sweep Guild (MCSG). We take great pride in our excellent service skills and customer service. Let us help you get one thing off your list by scheduling an appointment today!