All fireplace owners should know the importance of getting their a chimney cleaning. Both the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Agency recommend to have your chimney inspected and cleaned annually. Many prefer to get it done in the spring, as this is easier time to get on the schedule. However, now that fall is here, you should really get one before you use your fireplace. It is important to get your chimney cleaned before you begin to use your fireplace again this winter.
When you call Firesafe Chimney Service, we’ll be looking for is soot and creosote. Soot is the leftover product after you burn wood, and we can easily get this out of your firebox and chimney. Creosote is another byproduct of burning fires, and this is more difficult to get rid of. When you burn a fire, chemicals are released along with water vapor in the form of smoke.
However, no matter how careful you are, there will still be smoke released after each burning. Smoke rise up and out of your chimney, most of the time. As the warm smoke hits the cooler surface of the chimney near the top, the water vapor condense to form creosote. The biggest problem with creosote is that it is extremely flammable. Even as little as an eighth of an inch of buildup could cause a hazardous chimney fire. At FireSafe Chimney Services, we have the proper equipment to get all the buildup cleared up.
Another reason to have your chimney cleaned is the debris can blow in. Even if you have a chimney cap, if it doesn’t fit right, cracked or broken, loose debris may enter your chimney. In the fall, the likelihood of dead leaves blowing into your chimney is greater. We’ll check out your chimney for blockages and also look for any areas that are weakened and allowing loose debris to enter.
It’s not too late to schedule your fall cleaning and inspection, and Firesafe Chimney Service is the company to call. We’d love to fit you into our fall lineup of cleaning, and we have the tools and the expertise to get the job done right. Give us a call today!