Even though Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring, it has been a cold winter that does not want to end. In the winter times, people tend to use their fireplaces more to keep from turning the furnace on and off. Whether you’re burning a fire for primary heat or supplemental heat, it’s important to schedule a thorough cleaning by a qualified professional after the burning season is over.

Why Clean the Chimney

chimney sweep at workEach time you use your fireplace, the fire produces creosote and soot. This rises up and through the chimney flue along with hazardous and corrosive gases and extreme temperatures. The soot and creosote need to be cleaned out from the interior of your chimney system on a regular basis. If routine sweeps are neglected, the soot and creosote will buildup within the flue. This causes slow airflow in your system. Creosote is made up of very sticky flakes, which is highly flammable because it’s made up mostly of tar. As the buildup worsens, and airflow slows down drastically. Then the material becomes heated and water evaporates, leaving a solid, dense substance called glazed creosote. Once the creosote reaches this state, it is difficult to remove, and it is dangerous with each fire you burn inside your system.

You may have a dangerous creosote buildup if the fireplace ceiling and walls are slick and black. You may also notice flakes of shiny black material inside the clean-out door and the firebox. Do not ignore these signs, as they may indicate a dangerous buildup, which could put your life and home in danger.

Signs You Need a Chimney Sweep

Chimney sweeps are recommended by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) at least once a year. If you haven’t had your chimney cleaned since last winter, schedule your sweep now. Other signs you may need to schedule a sweep include:

  • Odors of BBQ grill or dirty stove
  • Greasy black soot or creosote on bricks
  • Smoky fireplace or dense smoke from the chimney
  • Poorly burning fires
  • A damper that doesn’t work or is in bad condition
  • Finding evidence of animals in the chimney or fireplace

Trust the Professionals

Only licensed professionals know how to properly clean and service a chimney system. The professionals at Brickliners are trained and experienced in chimney services from construction, installations, repairs, cleaning, and inspection. Since our founding, Brickliners has made it a top priority to set ourselves apart in service and accountability. It is our goal to bring warmth and safety into the homes of our neighbors and friends all over Burlington.

Let us keep your home and family safe by cleaning up after your well-used fireplace. Call us at 802-872-0123 or request an appointment online today!