Our you one of our New England neighbors? If so, you’re well into winter and have most likely been using your fireplace or stove for weeks. Even if you’ve been using it regularly since fall, it isn’t too late to have it swept. Brickliners offers chimney services throughout the year, including the burning season. However, we require that the fireplace isn’t used for 24 hours prior to scheduled appointments.
Why Clean a Chimney?
- To insure the chimney is working properly.
Your chimney is the avenue by which your fire’s exhaust exits the home. You want it to leave vent outdoors without backing into your home.
- To prevent chimney fires.
There may be creosote buildup and other debris in the flue that can obstruct the chimney flow, or even ignite, causing a fire.
- To reduce or eliminate chimney odors.
Soot can combine with humidity to create foul odors in the chimney.
- Remove blockages that can cause carbon monoxide intrusion.
Your chimney may have serious blockages that allow carbon monoxide to back up into your home, causing health problems and even death.
- To prevent deterioration of the chimney interior caused by acids in the deposits.
The natural byproducts left on the chimney’s walls can naturally deteriorate the surface. This causes leaks, shortening the life of the system, and raising risk of fire.
This routine chimney maintenance is not a money-making scheme. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends chimney sweeps be performed as needed. How you treat your system, and what you burn, affects how often it needs to be cleaned.
It may be that you haven’t required a chimney sweep when your chimney system was inspected for the last two years, but you notice a problem this winter. If you notice a sudden decrease in efficiency, you should call a professional to clean your chimney as soon as you can. This one appointment can prevent extensive damage in the future.
Save Yourself a Headache and Hire a Professional
The days of a neighborhood chimney sweep are long past! On the contrary, the tools and expertise required to reach every part of every chimney is only retained by the professionals. The industry standard for chimney sweeps in America is the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® (CCS). Only a CSIA certified sweep has the extensive training, continued education, and large network of professionals required to do the job right. You can schedule your appointment with a Brickliners chimney sweep today. All of our technicians are CSIA certified. In addition, we are familiar with municipal codes and regulations in our service area.
Call Brickliners today at 802-872-0123 or request an appointment online.
Learn more about your chimney system with this handy homeowners guide from the Chimney Safety Institute of America or ask one of our chimney experts!