Fireplace Safety Issues: Inspection, Cleaning and MaintenanceMay 16, 2013
Everyone loves a fireplace: the cozy warmth that a fire provides, the comforting smell of wood smoke, maybe even the ability to roast marshmallows in the comfort of your own home. If your home has a fireplace, then you may already know how important it is to keep it clean and well functioning. If you don’t already know, our experts at Town and Country Chimney Service are right here to help keep your fireplace safe, clean, and running smoothly.
A fireplace is not a particularly high-tech piece of equipment, mind you. Some fireplaces have a few bells and whistles, but for the most part, they are not anything to write home about. The main fireplace areas that you’ve got to keep track of are the firebox and the chimney flue system – where materials can gather and cause plenty of safety concerns.
According to this article from HouseLogic, a fireplace that has not been cleaned or inspected routinely can bring about issues like debris buildup both in and out of the chimney, which causes harmful and sometimes carcinogen-carrying smoke inside your home, overly hot air whooshing out your chimney and may even cause a chimney fire.
Let’s avoid all of these issues, please. Having your chimney and fireplace regularly inspected and maintained by our experts at Town and Country Chimney Service can prevent thousands of dollars in damage to your home and your belongings. We believe you should have your fireplace checked out by a professional at least once every year. Once we establish the condition of the chimney and your burning habits, we may suggest every year or every other year for annual cleanings.
We won’t just clean out your firebox and chimney flue system– we’ll examine the structural integrity and soundness of your fireplace, inside and out. Do your bricks need work? How’s the condition of the fireplace crown? We’ll survey, assess, and together we can go from there. And here’s an added bonus – cleaning and maintaining your fireplace doesn’t just keep your home safer; it can also make your fuel-to-heat conversion more energy efficient overall!