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All across the country, thousands of homeowners depend on fireplaces, wood stoves, and various other wood-burning and fossil fuel heating appliances to keep their homes warm during the cold months.
These heating devices help create hot air, which keeps the indoors warm and toasty, perfect for keeping you and your family safe. However, during the summer months, people tend to neglect these appliances altogether, including their chimneys.
Most of the time, chimneys aren’t cleaned because homeowners don’t see it as a significant investment. However, dirty chimneys can cause millions of dollars worth of property damage and health issues. Of the 70,000 house fires recorded each year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) believes that chimney fires cause 30% of them.
Here are a few more reasons why you should be paying more attention to your chimney cleaning and maintenance:
Homeowners who use their fireplace regularly should get their chimneys inspected for soot and creosote deposits. Creosote is an oil that is formed when the coal tar from your fireplace is distilled. This flammable substance can build up on the walls of the chimney and may even block the airways.
As a result, your fireplace will have to burn more wood to provide you the same level of heating as before. A clean chimney will help improve the fireplace’s efficiency and allow you to burn less wood more thoroughly.
Carbon monoxide is an invisible gas that can go undetected but is life-threatening at certain levels.
When insects, rodents, small birds, or certain smoke by-products clog the chimney flue, the toxic fumes are unable to escape through it. This increases the risk of carbon monoxide accumulation inside the home, which may cause respiratory ailments and even death.
By getting your chimney cleaned professionally, you ensure a smooth airflow that allows all gases to escape the home.
Fireplaces that burn wood tend to reach temperatures of 1100 degrees Fahrenheit or more, causing all sorts of ash, soot, wood pieces, and other by-products to pile up in the chimney. If this debris makes its way into the flue liner, damper, smoke shelf, or masonry, it may cause extensive damage resulting in the need to replace the mentioned parts.
Chimney parts replacements usually cost an arm and leg, so if you want to preserve your fireplace, get it maintained regularly by an experienced chimney sweep.
Your home’s chimney is a vital part of the structure of your house and deserves the same amount of care as the rest of it. Creative Masonry & Chimney LLC provides chimney cleaning and repair services in Avon, CT. Get in touch with us website to book our chimney services today!