We 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.
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When summertime comes and the temperature rises, your fireplace is probably the last thing on your mind. But even if your fireplace won’t be burning for the next few months, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay it any mind.
This is the perfect time of year to get a fireplace and chimney cleaning and inspection. Most people get their chimneys swept and inspected in the summer or early autumn, so the sooner you schedule your appointment, the better.
Although it’s best to have a professional inspect and provide a full chimney cleaning service, there are steps you can take to clean your fireplace yourself:
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With spring in full bloom and the struggles of shoveling 28 inches of snow as a dull memory, the most popular repair for chimneys this time of year is stucco resurfacing. After a long and cold winter, the freeze thaw effect takes its toll on any masonry structure. If a chimney has any type of small crack or defect in its surface, it has the ability to wick water inside of it’s mass. When enough water is absorbed and the air drops to freezing temperatures it tends to pop or delaminate the face of a brick, cinder block, and or stucco finish. This is usually when a homeowner notices pieces of brick or stucco laying on their roof shingles in the area of the chimney.
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