Millions of home dwellers reside in the land of cold. They use home heaters attached with chimneys. In general, wood or coal burning fireplaces are seen. But, the most unfortunate aspect lies in the unnecessary property damages with the shedding of billions of dollars resulting from chimney fires.
Several deaths and injuries are also reported. Factory fires, suffocation, excessive poisonous smoke, home fires, etc. remind us of the mandatory need of chimney sweeping. As per a report, over 70,000 house fires leading to more than $1.3B of property damages and approximately 2,500 injuries happen in a year. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) revealed that chimney fires are the primary cause of around 30% of the devastating house fires.
Chimney sweeping should be done at least once a year without a miss. A professional chimney sweep is the best person to accomplish the task. It doesn’t matter how much dry the firewood is because dry firewood generates creosote build-up too.
The expert always advises selecting the right species of firewood for achieving the best results. The most demandable wood comes from oak, maple, etc. that is hard and dense. Nothing is important than keeping our home and family members in good health. The chimney provides the ventilation that allows the gas, toxic smoke, and harmful fumes to move out of the home.
A clean and smoothly working chimney indicates a safer and efficient heating apparatus. With each burning, a certain amount of remaining from soot and creosote stick to the masonry and the flue liner inside the chimney wall. When the creosote becomes thicker, the burning embers from the burning fire can cause a spark in the chimney. Periodic cleaning of the entire fireplace with the chimney can prevent the unexpected house fires.
Again, the productivity of the fireplace lowers when extra creosote accumulates in the chimney line and door leading to blockage. The additional circulation of the cooler air aids in decreasing the energy efficiency furthering to the requirement of burning more wood and fossil fuels to make the room warm.
Another culprit for the chimney blockage is the unwanted guest. It can be an insect, tiny bird, small animal, etc. Often these creatures enter into the chimney to keep themselves warm from the outside snow. They often build nests or get stuck inside the hot chimney and eventually die. The nest, dead bodies, dirt, soot, dry leaves, twigs, and creosote obstruct the chimney door and the flue liner. Hence, the toxic gases can’t get released leading to the potential risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
As per the report of the Chimney Safety Institute of America, there are over 200 Carbon Monoxide poisoning fatality every year. You can do the basic cleaning and mopping of the hearth and chimney, but a professional chimney sweep can do the complex activities like getting into the flue pipe for cleaning, repairing the cracks, removing the useless obstruction, etc. Hence, the fireplace’s efficiency can be increased to a large extent and you can enjoy the soothing warmth.
A wood-burning hearth can reach temperatures of approximately 1100°F and even more. It generates wood reminiscent, ash, dust particles, soot, etc. These are the by-products of the combustion which wrap the smoke shelf, flue liner, masonry, and the damper. The certified and experienced chimney cleaners can fix the wear and tear. If you call them before it’s too late, you can save a lot of money that you may have to spend on the drastic repairs. Again, if the chimney is too damaged, you may have to replace your old chimney with a new one. A professional sweep can find out the exact problems before they develop into extreme hazards.
Now, listen carefully:
If you notice that a chimney fire is breaking out, immediately call the fire department without wasting a moment. If the fire is not that devastating and only creosote and other residues are burnt off without leaving any apparent damage, call the respective expert and have your chimney and the fireplace inspected. If the fire is roaring, move to a safe distance as soon as possible. You may try to sprinkle water through a hose pipe, but only if the things are under your control.
It takes around an hour to complete the cleaning. It may need some more time but only in the case of an excessive dirty and damaged chimney. Book an appointment for your convenience. It’s better not to call an amateur chimney cleaner.