28 Feb Maintenance is Key for a Safe and Properly Functioning Chimney
To ensure that your chimney is functioning efficiently, effectively and most importantly – safely, you schedule routine maintenance services at least once a year. During the cold winter months your chimney is working overtime to filter out soot, smoke and other carcinogens from your home. So at least once a year – either before or after the winter season, you should have your chimney cleaned, serviced and inspected.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends that that you clean your chimney at least once a year or even more frequently if you have a fireplace or wood burning appliance that you use frequently. Their standard states, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.” This national safety standard is the correct way to approach the maintenance of your chimney.
If you have a fireplace, every time you use it, a substance called creosite can build up. Creosite is highly flammable and becomes more difficult and expensive to clean, the longer it builds up inside the flue lining of the chimney. In addition, because it is highly combustible, if it builds up in sufficient quantities and the internal flue temperature is high enough, the unfortunate result could be a chimney fire. Routine maintenance services include the removal of any hazardous or combustible creosite and eliminating any accumulation of soot, dirt and debris.
Your chimney (and fireplace) should also be inspected for any cracks or damage. Cracks can cause venting problems and become a safety hazard. An annual inspection can detect any dangerous cracks or leaks and they can be addressed or repaired immediately. Your chimney will also be inspected for any animal nests or debris that can cause blockages. If detected, these items will be removed to eliminate the possibility of damage and possible carbon monoxide leakage. Complete maintenance services should include a thorough inspection and cleaning service of your chimney and fireplace (if applicable).
A chimney that is properly maintained and cleaned regularly – will work safely, effectively and efficiently. To ensure that your chimney is working effectively and safely, you should always have your chimney and fireplace checked and cleaned at least once a year by a professional. It is important to have a reputable and experienced chimney sweep properly inspect your chimney to ensure the safety of your home and most importantly, your family.
Pro-Tech Chimney Sweeps offer complete chimney cleaning services that include high powered vacuuming of your entire system, removing hazardous or combustible creosote, eliminating any accumulation of soot from coal and oil systems and thorough fire prevention inspections and maintenance services. After the cold winter weather fades away, contact Pro-tech Chimney Sweeps at 631-806-8550 or 516-284-1295 to schedule a chimney inspection and maintenance service.