According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America over 20,000 fires occur each year as a direct result of fireplaces and chimneys. These are fires that could easily be prevented with proper fireplace and chimney maintenance. Before firing up your fireplace for the season, it is important to understand what type of maintenance is necessary. Let’s look at some of the things that must be done to your fireplace and chimney before using it for the season, to prevent a fire and reduce these numbers.
Before building a fire in your fireplace for the first time this fall, it is essential you have a fireplace inspection done. The inspector will look for cracks, weak areas, problems with the flue or damper, and of course any signs of issues in the chimney. Damaged areas of your fireplace and chimney can spell a disaster if left unattended, so it is important to have a professional look it over.
After an inspection has been done, it is essential to have the chimney cleaned thoroughly. While this can be done by homeowners, it is always a wise decision to hire a professional, both for safety and for cleanliness. A cleaning will ensure that the chimney is clear of debris (bird nests, leaves, etc), and will remove soot and dirt from the chimney, flue, and damper. By working from the top of the chimney down the chimney sweep will clear out the chimney shaft, all the way down to the base of the fireplace.
Another reason why it is important to hire a professional is because cleaning the chimney can be dangerous. In order to clean the chimney the person cleaning it will need to be on the roof of the home, which poses a fall hazard. Additionally, the soot and dirt in the chimney are toxic and can be harmful if inhaled. Professional Maryland chimney cleaners will also take the necessary precautions to prevent a huge mess in your home. When cleaning the chimney they will cover the fireplace and use a special soot vacuum to contain the dirt and soot in the chimney.
Tens of thousands of household fires happen every year because of improperly maintained fireplaces and chimneys. Many of these fires could be prevented with some regular maintenance and cleaning. To schedule your Maryland chimney cleaning service, give us at Fireside Stone and Patio a call today!