As the colder months are coming, more and more people depend on their fireplace or wood-burning stoves as the main source of heat. This is why it is extremely important to think about cleaning the fireplace and making sure that the chimney is cleaned. 30 per cent of house fires are caused by chimney fires. That is a scary thought if you depend on your fireplace.
Cleaning the fireplace: Why it’s so important
Keeping your family safe and warm
You want to keep your family and your home safe while keeping your home warm. It is vital that the chimney be well kept. The chimney is the ventilation system that lets the smoke, toxins and other fumes out of the house. A clean chimney means a safer fireplace and heating system. When the chimney isn’t cleaned, the creosote that is created as a residue from burning, get too thick and the fire embers can spark a fire in the chimney. Routine cleaning removes these creosote and makes it cleaner and safer to burn.
As these creosote are deposited in the chimney, it also causes your fireplace to work less efficiently. This means it can take longer and take more wood to get the same amount of warmth.
Ensuring it is burning effectively
Another thing that can cause the chimney to become dirty and clogged are small birds, rodents and insects. These things can clog the flue causing the toxic fumes to not escape through the chimney. This can cause Carbon Monoxide, also called the silent killer, to build up in your home. A professional chimney cleaning service can make sure that you are burning effectively and safely.
Finding problems before they become an issue
Lastly, making sure to have the chimney cleaned properly can help to prevent costly repairs. The average wood-burning fireplace can reach up to 1100 degrees F. This can make things like the flue liner, smoke shelf, damper and the inside of the chimney to be covered with wood, soot, and other by-products. This can cause them to wear down. By having someone clean your chimney, they can find issues before they start. Cleaning can help make these things last longer and be fixed before the major problem starts.
Remember to book a regular cleaning
It is important to have your chimney cleaned at least once a year, and depending on how much you use it, sometimes twice a year. Do not wait until the last minute or until it is too late.