3 Important Benefits of Chimney Cleaning
All across the country millions of homeowners depend on the heat from fireplaces, wood stoves and other fossil-fuel heating appliances to keep their family warm during the winter months. Unfortunately, each year thousands of homeowners experience billions of dollars in property damages and injuries from failing to recognize the importance of chimney cleaning.
In fact, there are more than 70,000 house fires annually causing more than $1.3B in property damage and over 2,500 injuries. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), chimney fires were the cause in approximately 30 percent of house fires.
Keep Your Home and Family Safe
There is nothing more important than keeping your home and family safe while enjoying the fireplace or wood stove in the cooler months. Your chimney is an important ventilation system that allows smoke, toxins and dangerous fumes to escape the home. A clean chimney means a safer, more efficient fireplace and home heating appliance.
As with all fossil burning appliances, a certain amount of residue from creosote and soot stick to the flue and masonry inside the chimney with each burning fire. When the creosote gets too thick, the heat and burning embers from the fire is often all that it takes to spark a fire in the chimney. Periodic chimney cleaning would have prevented many of the reported house fires.
More Efficient Home Heating
Also, your fireplace efficiency decreases when additional creosote is deposited in the chimney. The additional circulation of cooler air reduces energy efficiency requiring you to burn more wood and other fossil fuels, more often to stay warm.
Also, small birds, rodents and insects can clog the flue preventing the escape of toxic fumes. And since the toxic fumes have difficulty escaping a clogged chimney, the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, AKA the silent killer also increases. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) reports that there are more than 200 carbon monoxide poisoning deaths each year. A professional chimney cleaning by a certified chimney sweep will significantly increase the efficiency of your fireplace and other home heating appliances so that warm air stays inside and the dangerous fumes stay outside.
Prevent Costly Chimney Repairs
A wood-burning fireplace can reach temperatures of 1100°F or more. This creates ash, bits of wood, soot and other particles that are by-products of the combustion process that can cover the flue liner, smoke shelf, damper and masonry with dirt, grime and contaminants. Professional chimney cleaning helps to reduce wear and tear on these components so you can prevent costly chimney repairs from having to replace them prematurely. In addition, a thorough top to bottom chimney cleaning can help uncover minor masonry problems before they develop into larger and more expensive chimney repairs.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Keep your home and family safe with a professional chimney cleaning by a certified chimney sweep once or twice annually. It only takes 45 minutes to an hour to complete and can be scheduled in advance for your convenience.