With winter upon us, those homeowners that use fireplaces and chimneys as a source of home heating should consider having them inspected and cleaned. And the numbers indicate that chimney and fireplace owners use them more and more as their main source of heating.
Fireplaces and chimneys that have not been chimney cleaning maintained can lead to several problems. Smoke that fills your home rather than being vented through your chimney is the most common. However, in more severe cases, build-up caused by the creosote emissions could block the airflow through your chimney resulting in a major fire.
Chimney cleaning and maintenance should be checked and performed at least once a year to ensure safe fireplace conditions. A lot of homeowners get their fireplaces and chimneys inspected at the beginning of the winter to make sure that all of the debris has been cleared and at the end of winter, in February and March for those cool spring days ahead. Regular maintenance and general upkeep of a chimney can be performed by a homeowner, but more intensive repairs and cleaning may require a professional chimney sweep.
Leaves and additional debris can hamper the flow of chimney cleaning service from your fireplace to the outside if a protective rain cap or other guard is not installed at the top of a chimney. This can result in occasional or continuous smoking entering your home. Other factors that need to be addressed if smoking occurs is construction of the chimney itself, proper air flow and temperature, and environmental factors, such as wind and the environment around your chimney which can cause the airflow within your chimney to be suddenly reversed. Professional Chimney Services can help you find these problems, especially if your regular maintenance hasn’t solved them.
Once we’ve arrived at your home, we’ll perform an exterior and interior inspection of your chimney, making sure that fireplaces are thoroughly examined from the bottom and the damper and noting anything out of the ordinary. We’ll then proceed to close the dampers and run the vacuums, making sure that we avoid messes by putting down drop clothes.