To have or not to have a chimney cap, that is the question. Chimney caps are a relatively small investment yet many homeowners wonder if they need one or don’t even think about it all, for that matter. The reality is that this small addition can prevent major issues down the line and, in effect, […]
Thursday, February 16, 2017
The Great Fire Do you remember the The Great Fire of London? Odds are you weren’t there- it took place over four days in September of 1666. The fire originated in bakery. You see, London was in a drought, most of the buildings were made of wood, and firefighting was in its infancy. This all led […]
Friday, February 10, 2017
“It’s better to burn out, than to fade away” – Neil Young Your fireplace has been inspected, cleaned, and now you’re ready to light your first fire. But what type of wood should you burn? There are a lot of choices. You just need to follow a few guidelines to get the best blaze for […]
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
We do not recommend cleaning a wood stove by yourself. A wood stove is usually the main source of heat for a home, and an improper cleaning can render it useless. Call us to schedule an appointment for inspection. Wood burning stoves have a plethora of benefits. A wood stove adds great ambience to a […]
Friday, January 27, 2017
Not usually a DIY chore, it’s best to hire a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep to tackle this job, recommends Ashley Eldridge, education director for Chimney Safety Institute of America. That’s because cleaning and inspecting chimneys involves a lot more than just sweeping soot.
How often should a chimney be inspected?
Every year. New wood-burning installations such as fireplaces or wood-burning stoves should be checked midway through the first heating season to confirm everything is working properly.
How often should a chimney be cleaned?
Cleaning should be done as necessary — normally when there’s a minimum 1/8-inch of deposit in the chimney. An annual inspection will determine if any sweeping or repairs are needed. In some cases, it’s necessary to sweep more than once a year, especially if the operator, the fuel or the venting system are not properly matched.
- The combustion process deposits an acidic material that weakens masonry or metal chimneys, causing them to deteriorate prematurely.
- Significant buildup of creosote, a flammable material resulting from incomplete combustion, may catch fire and spread to the attic and other areas of the home.
- If a chimney is used infrequently, critters and birds can collect and nest there, blocking the chimney. Leaves, twigs, pine cones and branches can obstruct the chimney, too.
- High winds or driving rain can also damage chimneys. CSIA recommends that, as a general rule, a chimney should have a rain cap to keep out animals and water as these are the primary reasons chimneys fail.
Read Full Article Here: Everything you Need to Know about Cleaning your Chimney and Fireplace