When you have a fireplace, safety is a top priority. One of the most important things you should do to make sure your fireplace is free from dangerous hazards is to schedule a professional chimney inspection every year. National fire safety organizations like the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend homeowners have a certified chimney professional take a look at the chimney and venting system before lighting the first fire of the season. This ensures it will work safely and efficiently throughout the winter. Ashbusters has years of experience in providing professional chimney inspections to residents in the Nashville area, and you can trust our CSIA-certified chimney technicians to carefully follow the guidelines set by the NFPA. We would like to tell you more about why this annual chimney maintenance service is so important.
If you have a wood-burning fireplace, you most likely have creosote deposits stuck to the inner walls of your chimney. When Ashbusters inspects your chimney, one of the things we will be looking for is how much creosote has built up on the interior of your chimney. Creosote develops naturally during the combustion process of burning wood and is highly flammable. A large amount of creosote accumulated inside your chimney can put you at a high risk for a chimney fire. We can remove the creosote for you when we sweep your chimney. Gas fireplaces can also have problems that may lead to chimney fires. According to the CSIA, ceramic logs can deteriorate and clog the vents and pilot light, which poses a fire hazard. You can count on our National Fireplace Certified Gas Specialists to check every part of your gas hearth appliance.
Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
During our chimney inspections, your safety is always the top priority at Ashbusters. Our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps also ensure there is nothing present in your chimney that would allow toxic combustion gases like carbon monoxide to leak back into your home. We check to be sure no debris is blocking the flue, and we look closely at the liner and firebox to make certain there are no cracks or gaps where any poisonous gases could escape through into your living spaces. If we find any damage that could result in a carbon monoxide leak, we will give you a written estimate of the necessary repairs to make your chimney safe to use again.
Beat the fall rush & get your fireplace ready to use safely this summer. Contact us at Ashbusters today to schedule an appointment for your annual chimney sweeping and inspection.