We here at Chimney Sweeps of America in Denver, Colorado want everyone to understand the importance of chimney cleaning and fall fireplace work. Each year thousands of fires occur that could have easily been prevented with the right kind of maintenance. When neglect affects things as valuable as your home, and possibly human lives, there is simply no reason to ignore it or put it off for another day.
Most people are aware that wood burning fireplaces and their chimneys need to be regularly cleaned and maintained. Burning wood causes a buildup of creosote in the chimney which is dangerous because it can create a blockage that inhibits airflow. It’s also highly flammable and can ignite a chimney fire. Burning wood also produces poisonous gases like carbon monoxide that must be properly ventilated, or they can pose a threat to everyone living in the home.
Wood burning fireplaces, however, are not the only types of fireplaces that must be maintained. Gas fireplaces, while requiring less attention, also require proper gas fireplace maintenance to be safe for the occupants of the home.
Wood Burning Fireplaces
When the fireplace is frequently used, clean the firebox at least once a week. Also, check to ensure that there is good airflow by lighting a match and ensuring that the smoke goes up the chimney and isn’t blowing back into the room. Here are a few more chimney cleaning and fall fireplace work tips:
- Regularly inspect all parts and repair chimney or fireplace damage
- While you should have a bit of ash to help insulate coals, clean it out when it builds up to more than an inch, so it doesn’t negatively affect the airflow.
- Give your wood six months to a year to dry out, and it will burn much cleaner.
- Choose hardwoods like ash, maple, and oak for a hotter burn with fewer logs.
- Burn firewood only. Burning other stuff like cardboard and even manufactured logs causes soot and creosote to build up faster.
- Have a professional chimney sweep clean and inspect the chimney at least once a year, more often if you use the fireplace a lot. A good rule of thumb is once there is ⅛ of an inch of creosote buildup.
- Clean the glass on both sides regularly to remove flammable substances and ensure that it is properly fitted and not leaking carbon monoxide.
- Inspect the connections for any small tears or other damage.
- Ensure that the vents are clear at all times.
- Bring in gas fireplace repair service professionals if you notice any issues.
We hope these chimney cleaning and fall fireplace work tips have been helpful to you. As always, when it is time for a professional cleaning, be sure to give us a call here at Chimney Sweeps of America for all your professional fireplace maintenance needs. Our high level of customer service and more than three decades of experience makes us the right people for the job! Fireplaces, chimneys – even gas fireplaces and wood stove repair – we do it all.