A warm, toasty, romantic fire is almost a necessity during the cold and dreary winter months. While we know that you love those fires, we need to ask you an important question. When was the last time you had your chimney cleaned? If it has been more than a year since your last chimney inspection, then we urge you to make an appointment immediately.
Here are 3 reasons why you need to have your chimney cleaned regularly:
Prevent Chimney Fires
Creosote can build up over time inside your chimney and once it gets really thick, it can easily catch on fire. This fire will begin with some popping and cracking sounds, and then there will be some dense smoke and a hot odor. Most of the time, these fires will spread quickly, but there are times when the burn will be slow, and you will not be aware that they are occurring. Chimney fires can spread from your chimney to the walls and roof of your home and before you know it, your entire home can be a pile of rubble.
Protect Your Health
There can be a blockage inside your chimney that you are not aware of and that blockage can cause carbon monoxide to build up inside your home when you have a fire burning. Carbon monoxide is a dangerous and deadly gas that you cannot see or smell, and you won’t know its there until its too late. Besides cleaning your chimney regularly, we also recommend installing carbon monoxide detectors inside your home. These detectors can alert you when a trace of carbon monoxide is detected.
Prevent Smoke Damage
Soot can accumulate inside your chimney and the soot that builds up around your flue will prevent smoke from exiting your home. Instead, that smoke will billow out into your home, bringing some of the soot with it. The results will be a black film that will cover your hearth, your furniture, the walls, and the carpet. This soot can stain, and it is quite difficult to remove.
These are the major reasons as to why you should have your chimney cleaned regularly. There are many more that we could list, but these are the ones that we have found cause people like you to act quickly. After all, you want to keep your families and your home safe, and you can do that by simply getting your chimney cleaned regularly.
Fireplace Safety and Chimney Inspections in Media
We have two CSIA Certified chimney sweeps standing by to assist you with your chimney needs. Give us a call at 610-626-2439 to schedule an appointment for a chimney inspection or cleaning. We provide chimney services throughout the Main Line region.