If your house has a fireplace and chimney, you have a great way to keep yourself and others nice and cozy as the temperatures begin to dip this fall. If you'd like to make it to next spring with these parts of your house still functioning properly, you will need a regular fireplace inspection and cleaning from a professional chimney sweep. Here are some of the things that getting your fireplace professionally looked at can do for you and your home.
Make Sure Unwanted Guests Can't Get Into the Chimney
A chimney sweep sometimes starts up top, looking to make sure that your chimney's cap and any other protective fittings are working as intended. A chimney without a proper cap might let in things like birds, various other small critters, and of course the snow and rain during inclement weather.
Clean the Blower, Gaskets and Any Other Parts Susceptible to Dust
Does your fireplace have a blower? If so, you should know it isn't going to clean or filter itself. Leaving dust, soot or other gunk inside the blower is going to shorten its lifespan, and quite frankly, it just isn't safe. If you have gaskets or any other mechanisms that ensure an airtight seal for a wood stove or other parts of your fireplace while it's in operation, your chimney sweep will make sure everything is as clean as possible to protect that seal. The regular removal of soot and dust from the chimney and fireplace will also obviously prevent stains and long-term damage from setting in.
Creosote is basically partially burned fuel from previous fires. It lingers on the inside of your flue lining and/or chimney after previous fires are extinguished. Over time, this creosote will build up and could prove to be a fire hazard. A professional chimney sweep will check your flue as well as the masonry or bricks and any other areas that might have suffered creosote buildup and get things looking as they should again.
Contact a Fireplace Inspections Professional Today
Let's be honest — your fireplace is not likely to be at the front of your mind when it comes to home maintenance. Many families go years without bothering to clean their chimney or fireplace, but there will likely be some long-term damage as a result. Get into the habit of scheduling an inspection and cleaning once a year in order to keep your fireplace and chimney in excellent shape.
For more information, contact a company like Home Scope by Cornerstone