When and how often should I get my chimney cleaned are questions frequently asked by homeowners.
Unfortunately, the average homeowner isn’t properly informed about the importance of chimney maintenance and cleaning.
The best time to clean your fireplace is the spring, summer or early fall. This will ensure you’re ready to go when the cold weather arrives.
At Chimney Sweeps of American, we know Colorado burning a nightly fire is a favorite winter activity and will get your appliance in prime shape.
How Often to Get Your Chimney Cleaned
Answering this question really comes to how frequently you use your chimney. If you light a cozy fire just for special occasions like Thanksgiving or Christmas, you may be able to get away with less frequent cleanings.
However, if you’re like most people, you regularly use your fireplace during the winter. After all, it’s a great way to support your home heating system and possibly reduce your energy bills. Besides, who doesn’t love cozying up with a good book in front of a roaring fire?
For you, a yearly cleaning and chimney inspection are recommended to make sure all your systems are in working order.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA ) states, “Fireplaces, Chimneys, Flues and Venting Systems need to be inspected at least once a year for freedom from deposits, soundness, and correct clearances. Maintenance, Repairs and Cleaning shall be done if necessary.”
The Importance of Getting Your Chimney Cleaned
Creosote is a highly flammable substance that builds up inside your chimney or liner as a result of burning wood.
Most people don’t realize that different types of wood create different amounts of creosote when burned. Pine logs cause a rapid build-up of creosote and should be avoided. In fact, only a small amount of creosote is needed to create the potential for a chimney fire.
The build-up of creosote can also reduce the draw of your fireplace and reduce efficiency.
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that fireplaces be cleaned when 1/8” of soot buildup is visible inside the chimney or flue.
While homeowners may not be able to detect soot build up, Chimney Sweeps of America’s technicians are certified by the CSIA to provide an expert opinion on your fireplace safety and whether or not it needs cleaning.
If needed, our trained and certified chimney sweep will remove blockages and built-up creosote as well as soot from your fireplace, chimney liner, damper and smoke chamber.
A chimney inspection is also necessary to ensure the safety of your fireplace. It will determine if your chimney was affected by the freeze and thaw cycles resulting in cracks in the masonry and liner that allow deadly gasses into your home. Fixing any defects promptly is the best way to avoid costly repairs and the safest most cost-effective way to go.
Let Chimney Sweeps of America, serving the Denver Colorado market ensure your safety with a chimney cleaning and inspection. Don’t risk an undiscovered defect that could turn into an expensive repair or worse yet – a chimney fire.
Call or contact us today and get your chimney cleaned by the experts!