One way to start the new year is to take care of your routine home maintenance chores. This includes your annual chimney sweeping and inspection! Scheduling this appointment at the beginning of the year is a good way to remember to have this important task crossed off your to-do list. Ashbusters is ready to sweep your chimney. We want to make sure everything is working properly, so that you can continue to enjoy warm and safe fires for the rest of the winter. We would like to tell you why this professional chimney maintenance service is recommended by:
- The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)
- The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
- Plus other fire safety organizations
Prevent Chimney Fires
What is the main reason why you need to have your chimney professionally swept? Having the creosote removed from the inner walls. When you burn wood, creosote develops naturally during the combustion process. As smoke, gases, water vapor, and other byproducts of combustion exit the cooler upper chimney, condensation occurs and transforms them into creosote. This is a residue that sticks to the interior chimney walls. Certain conditions, such as burning wet wood and having a restricted air supply, can lead to an accelerated buildup of creosote. Which, in turn, can become problematic.
Not only could a large accumulation of creosote block the chimney, but it can also cause a fire hazard. According to the CSIA, creosote is a leading cause of chimney fires. If the internal temperature of your chimney gets hot enough, an accumulation of creosote can quickly and easily ignite into flames. Ashbusters takes great care to ensure that every bit of creosote has been removed when we sweep your chimney.
Avoid Carbon Monoxide Leaks
When Ashbusters sweeps your chimney, we also make sure that nothing is blocking the flue. Flue blockage could force exhaust gases, including the toxic gas carbon monoxide, back into your home. If we find any debris inside your chimney that is blocking the exit, we will remove it. Afterwards, we will test your chimney to be sure it is properly exhausting. Our chimney sweep service includes a basic inspection, so we will check for any other damage that could cause problems when you use your fireplace. Start off your new year with a chimney sweeping. Contact us at Ashbusters to schedule an appointment for this annual maintenance service with one of our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps.