The maintenance of a chimney is not something to be taken lightly. Professionals encourage homeowners to get them cleaned and inspected annually even if they are used only a few times. A clean, well-maintained chimney is also a safe one, so there are good reasons to make this small investment each year.
Even a small amount of creosote can catch fire inside the chimney, and once it starts, it can quickly engulf the entire home. The problem is, a small fire can start inside without you being aware of it. It makes sense therefore to decrease the chances of a fire occurring by having a professional clean out the chimney. It goes without saying that this if the prime reason for getting annual chimney cleaning.
Preventing Soot Problems
A dirty chimney tends to produce more soot, and this will build up around the flue. The soot will cause a blockage which will affect airflow in the chimney. Soon you may begin to notice soot stains on furniture and around the hearth. Anything that is positioned near the fireplace can become stained, and it can be difficult to clean them.
Safety in the Home
The possibility of a fire is not the only thing you have to worry about, as a neglected chimney can be dangerous in other ways. In any home that has a chimney, the risk of carbon monoxide should always be considered. Even in small amounts, this colorless, odorless gas can be dangerous, and even fatal. If the flue becomes blocked, gases produced from the burning of fuel will be sent into the home instead of being vented outside. Before you start using your chimney you must be certain that there is no debris or creosote blocking the flue.
Minimizing Repair Costs
Any chimney will need repairs at some point, so it makes sense to try to keep the costs down. When a professional performs annual inspections, this is the best way to find minor faults that can be dealt with quickly and inexpensively. Ignoring basic maintenance can cause problems to go unnoticed which can lead to severe structural, safety and efficiency issues.
While you can occasionally skip other aspects of home maintenance, chimney maintenance should never be ignored. There are real dangers associated with a poorly maintained chimney so you must do all you can to protect your home and family.
Fireplace Safety and Chimney Inspections in Drexel Hill
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.