11 Sep Preparing Your Chimney for the Colder Months
Preparing Your Chimney for the Colder Months
With summer almost coming to a close, we gear up for all that the autumn and winter months have to offer. Cooler temperatures, brilliant fall colors, back to school, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukah…Well maybe we are getting a bit ahead of ourselves here, but before you know it, the warm summer is going to turn into the cool autumn and ultimately the cold winter! We prepare ourselves by getting out our warmer clothes, coats and snow boats; we prepare our cars by checking antifreeze levels and installing snow tires; and we must remember to prepare our home and chimney as well.
Long before the time comes to shovel your driveway after the first snowfall or decorate for the holidays; your chimney should be prepared for the colder months. Make your chimney a priority to ensure that you are using energy efficiently and to ensure the safety of your family and home. 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. They also recommend that all chimneys, fireplaces and vents be inspected at least once a year. If you have neglected to do this – a good time to prepare is before the weather gets colder and you begin to use your fireplace and furnace for heat. So when you are shopping for school supplies at the end of the summer, make sure you schedule a chimney cleaning and inspection as well.
Even if you think that your chimney is in excellent shape, you need to be sure that there is no creosote buildup. Keep in mind that creosite is formed every time you use your fireplace. Creosote is highly flammable and becomes more difficult and expensive to clean, the longer it builds up inside the flue lining of the chimney. You also must make sure that all of your venting systems (including your chimney) are working properly.
If vents are blocked or not functioning properly, carbon monoxide may build up in your home. And while carbon monoxide detectors are effective in alarming homeowners to unsafe levels of this odorless, colorless gas – make sure that your venting systems are inspected and working safely and efficiently at all times.
In order to ensure the best maintenance of your fireplace, you should always have your chimney and fireplace checked and cleaned at least once a year by a professional. 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. So before the kids go back to school and the colder autumn months arrive, contact Pro-tech Chimney Sweeps at 631-806-8550 or 516-284-1295 to schedule a chimney inspection and cleaning service.