Whether you use your fireplace every night or only a few times a year, it’s essential to keep up on your chimney maintenance to reduce safety risks. Keep hazards in your home to a minimum and always schedule a chimney cleaning.
It’s easy to fall into an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality when it comes to your chimney cleaning. But receiving consistent, proper care is the best way to ensure you’re getting the greatest benefit from your fireplace.
Here are some reasons you should consider hiring a chimney sweep at least once a year.
The burning of wood in your fireplace causes an accumulation of residue lining your chimney. If left unchecked, this residue eventually becomes creosote — a highly flammable tar.
If the creosote catches fire, it can damage both the chimney and nearby fire-susceptible parts of the house. It’s even possible for these fires to burn without you knowing, leading to an increased chance of damage.
Having a pair of expert eyes examine your chimney while cleaning has its advantages, too. During your chimney cleaning session, a chimney sweep can identify other sources of weakness you might not detect yourself.
The buildup of residue (creosote or simply soot) along your chimney can obstruct airflow, decreasing the amount of oxygen available for your fire to burn. The result may be a fire that burns very low and slow or has trouble starting at all.
Keeping your chimney clean can ensure you’ll get the most out of your fireplace. Isn’t a roaring fire on a cloudy, frigid day the reason you wanted a fireplace? What a lovely time to curl up with your family in front of the fireplace.
The fireplace is one of the most inviting places in the home, and you want to make sure you feel safe around it. Keeping up on cleaning is one of the best ways to extinguish your worries about potential dangers.