Chimney safety depends on a thorough inspection and not just a good cleaning. Knowledge of chimney and home construction and how fires start is crucial to a thorough inspection. This specialized training makes the difference when it comes to hiring The Chimney Smith to clean and inspect. The condition of your chimney is of utmost importance to the safe operation of your fireplace or furnace, and chimney venting system. Every year, there are thousands of chimney fires, cases of carbon monoxide poisoning, and other chimney related emergencies that all could have been prevented with proper chimney maintenance.
There are over 25,000 chimney fires each year in the U.S. alone. These catastrophes account for over 120 million dollars in damage to property every single year, but there are ways to prevent detrimental chimney fires.
- Chimney Liners – Deteriorated or cracked chimney liners and/or structural problems can allow high temperatures, sparks, or embers to enter your walls, roofs or attic. You should always know the current state of your liner and replace it if the liner is in poor condition.
- Creosote – The most common cause of chimney fires is a dangerous buildup of creosote inside the chimney. Creosote is a tar-like, foul smelling, corrosive and extremely combustible substance that is a by-product of burning wood. Not only is it combustible, it can lead to dangerous blockages which can cause potential chimney fires. CAre must be made to remove this buildup correctly. Don't depend on creosote logs to remove existing deep layers.
- Debris – Whether leaves, birds nests or other debris in your chimney, a stray ember may ignite the debris leading to a dangerous chimney fire. Before you light your first fire of the season, have a chimney sweep check for blockages from debris.
Have an Annual Chimney Inspection
Annual chimney inspections by a certified chimney sweep can help to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning & chimney fires. A thorough inspection by an expert can identify potential issues with your chimney system including liner deterioration and blockages. An annual inspection and preventative maintenance by The Chimney Smith can save you thousands of dollars in damage or repairs and potentially, your house and family.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Fire Protection Association, and the American Lung Association – are some of the organizations that now encourage the regular maintenance of home heating systems and their chimneys to help prevent the dangers related to chimney and fireplace usage. If you think you need a chimney inspection or yearly chimney cleaning, give us a call today. Our firefighter trained and professional chimney sweeps are ready to give you peace of mind and help ensure that your family is safe and your chimney is operating safely and efficiently.