The Importance of Chimney Cleaning

chimney cleaning in Bucks CountyWe want to make this clear up front: we’re not writing this post to scare you.

But the fact remains that a leading cause of home-heating fires is creosote build-up in people’s chimneys. That’s according to the National Fire Protection Association, which recommends having your chimney cleaned each year.

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why an annual, professional chimney cleaning is a good idea:

1. It’s good for your health

A chimney that’s blocked or that has a malfunctioning flue can send carbon monoxide spewing into your home. This deadly gas is produced whenever fuel is burned. In low amounts, it can cause nausea, dizziness, headaches and fainting.

It can be fatal, of course, but even lower-level exposure to CO1 gas can lead to permanent brain damage or organ damage.

2. You’ll avoid smoke damage

Soot will accumulate in the chimney’s flue without regular chimney cleaning. This means the flue has a tougher time drawing smoke out of the fireplace and up into the chimney. That smoke will then travel back out of your fireplace and into your home.

When that happens, soot will begin to soil your walls, floors and curtains. Smoke can even leave your furniture smelling smoky and leave black stains around your chimney that are difficult – if not impossible – to scrub away.

3. Cleaning can prevent chimney fires

The most common cause of chimney fires is creosote. This is a black – or sometimes brown – tar-like substance formed from burning wood. It collects inside your chimney over time, leaving a flammable glazing along your bricks.

If the creosote catches fire, flames can quickly spread into the walls of your home. Chimney fires can be dramatic, but they can also burn slowly without being visible to people outside.

4. It’s good for your insurance policy

Many insurance policies have mandates for homeowners requiring them to have their chimneys cleaned once each year. If you don’t have proof that your chimney was cleaned, your insurance carrier may not cover you in the event of a fire.

These are the big ones. Here are a few other reasons why it’s important to have your chimney cleaned:

  • It’s a good idea to make sure birds, squirrels and other critters aren’t nesting in your chimney.
  • It’s a bad idea to try to clean your chimney yourself. It’s a messy job, and you may not know what to look for.
  • A professional chimney sweep can check your chimney for cracks and other structural damage.

If you’re concerned about the state of your chimney, contact Tor Chimney & Fireplace. We’ve been cleaning chimneys in Bucks and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania – as well as Hunterdon and Mercer counties in New Jersey – more than 16 years.

We hold all of the proper certifications needed to inspect your chimney to have it ready in time for the fall/winter heating season. Our teams use the latest technology in the industry to give your chimney a thorough, professional chimney cleaning, so you can rest assured knowing your home is safe.

5 thoughts on “The Importance of Chimney Cleaning”

  1. I had no idea that if a chimney isn’t cleaned regularly then it can get blocked, which leads to carbon monoxide going into your house. I can see why this would be a huge concern for people who use their fireplace often and don’t get it clean enough. I’ll have to tell my parents that they should consider getting theirs cleaned.

  2. Make you’re using the chimney with the sort of fuel suggested by the manufacturer. The starter logs sold in stores are regularly fine, however old furniture and green wood are definitely not. Continuously fail in favor of caution here—and in case you’re simply not certain, get a chimney inspector to come look things over and advise.

  3. Flue inspection. The flue plays an important part in the way the chimney functions. If it doesn’t close properly the home can become smoky when you light a fire. There should be no rust or warping, and you should have no trouble opening or closing it.

  4. My fiance and I are wondering if we should have a chimney inspection done in our home. After reading that cleanings can prevent fires caused by creosote. We both are sure our chimneys have not been cleaned for a while now and in the interest of our safety and others safety, we will get that done immediately.

  5. I didn’t know that a blocked chimney could actually send carbon monoxide into your home. I’ve been looking at buying a home with a chimney, so I was curious as to what sort of upkeep it would need. I’d certainly have the chimney cleaned regularly to ensure the safety of my family against carbon monoxide poisoning.

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