Avoiding Winter Chimney Fires: Crucial Prevention Tips
Now that the winter is here, the fireplace is a source of heat. Many homeowners use their fireplaces as a heat source. It may be an economical choice considering the cost of energy to heat your home. Let us discuss some of the concerns homeowners may have and how to protect them.
Be aware of the dangers involved in fireplace use. It is important to know the causes of chimney fires and how to protect yourself and your family from them. More than 25,000 chimney fires are incurring with over $125 million in property damage each year.
An annual chimney inspection is your first defense against chimney fires. A professional company like Northeastern Chimney LLC will inspect your entire chimney. We will ensure a safe fire-burning season. They will discuss a plan for the maintenance of your chimney to protect you from any danger.
A clean chimney will help prevent a chimney fire. Schedule an annual chimney sweep along with your annual inspection. Creosote buildup is a main culprit of chimney fires. Creosote is a flammable tar-like substance that builds up on the inner walls of your chimney. This happens when you burn wood in your fireplace. If not cleaned out regularly, it may catch fire, causing a chimney fire.
Stainless Steel Liner
Invest in a stainless-steel liner. Stainless steel withstands very high temperatures. A liner will also protect your home from seepage of carbon monoxide gas through the bricks in your home. Stainless steel is durable and will last a long time.
Good Seasoned Wood
The fastest and hottest wood is hardwood. Be sure to choose the best wood for your fireplace. Also, be sure that it is thoroughly seasoned. Wood holds a lot of moisture. With moisture, wood will smoke, and the smoke goes up the chimney and causes creosote. Allow wood to season for at least 6 months and up to a year. It is a good idea to buy your wood now for next year. This way you are sure that it is completely dry. Dry wood will burn hottest and creosote buildup will be minimal.
Heatproof Glass Doors
It is important to protect the inside of your home as well. A good heat-proof glass door is recommended by the experts. Keeping this closed will keep any sparks from falling into the room.
We can help you with everything including chimneys and fireplaces. Call Northeastern Chimney LLC at 860-233-5770 for your annual chimney sweep and inspection. This is the best preventative action that you can take to keep your home, fireplace, and chimney in perfect working condition.
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