Building a fire in the fireplace or wood stove for the first time each year signals the changing seasons, and the excitement of the holidays just around the corner. But before you light that first fire, there are some things you need to do to ensure your safety and the safety of your family.
By carefully inspecting your chimney and firebox (or wood stove) for signs of damage, you can prevent many of the dangers fireplaces pose. When checking your fireplace and chimney look for cracks, rust, moisture, or excessive creosote buildup. All of these things can be dangerous if left unattended.
If you are unsure what to look for, it is always wise to hire a Baltimore chimney inspection professional to come check on your chimney and closely inspect it before using it for the season.
If you do an inspection yourself, or you hire a professional to do one, and you find damage to the fireplace or chimney, it is imperative to have it repaired if you plan on using the fireplace. Cracks in the fireplace, rust in the chimney, or other signs of damage can not only get worse with use, but could also become a fire hazard.
Repairs are able to be done on your own. But if you lack proper chimney knowledge, you may run into some issues. The safest bet is to call in an expert.
Once your chimney and fireplace or wood stove have been inspected, a good cleaning is in order. Creosote buildup in a chimney can reduce airflow, become flammable, and/or reduce the air quality in your home. Having a backup of smoke into your home can be catastrophic, possibly leading to carbon monoxide poisoning.
By having your chimney cleaned regularly you can put your mind at ease that you aren’t putting yourself or your loved ones, at risk.
Before you build that first fire this fall, make sure to take these preventative steps. Inspection, repair, and cleaning can not only save you from most costly repairs later, but can also help keep you and your home safe. If you are in need of chimney cleaning, inspection, or repair services, call us at Town and Country Chimney today for our Baltimore chimney services!