Fireplace Safety Tips for this Holiday Season
You’ve got a chimney blockage in your Middle Tennessee chimney, and all you know is, “Uh-oh….” well, just in case you were wondering, that is the right reaction! Chimney blockages can be very dangerous to your home and your family’s health. That’s where a professional, reliable chimney sweep company like All Year Chimney Sweeps & Repair comes in.
As a chimney owner, it’s more likely that you will experience a blockage at some point than not. Of course, it’s important to ensure that your chimney is always clean, as a dirty chimney can quickly cause a chimney fire. Here are three of the leading causes of chimney blockages:
Leaves, twigs, and whatever the wind blows… that’s what winds up inside your chimney – often whether or not you have a chimney cap. Eventually, this accumulation can create a blockage large enough to cause that undesirable black smoke crawling back into your house due to incomplete combustion and negative air pressure. Also, dangerous, poisonous, carbon monoxide leaking into your house can mount should the accumulated debris cause cracks in your flue.
An inactive chimney is a very hospitable home for wildlife like raccoons, opossum, chimney swifts, and occasionally even snakes! Not only does this create the obvious problem of rendering the fireplace useless until the wildlife is removed, certain species are also very destructive and may cause a good amount of damage to the chimney, like the raccoon. Never attempt to remove wildlife from a chimney yourself. Give us a call at All Year Chimney Sweeps, as this type of extraction should always be left to trained professionals.
It’s that thick, sticky, black-brown tar-like residue that forms naturally as a by-product of burning wood, and it coats and eventually clogs the lining of your chimney. A wood-burning stove, you have creosote deposits building up on the walls of your chimney. If you go too long without a chimney sweeping, enough creosote can build up to become hazardous. Creosote is very dangerous, as it is highly-combustible and THE leading cause of chimney fires. Once again, the solution is that regular chimney cleaning and maintenance will prevent debris from mounting to dangerous levels.
If you’re dealing with a dangerous chimney blockage problem, call All Year Chimney Sweeps & Repair. We’ll have your chimney free and clear and restored back to perfect functionality before you know it!Call All Year Chimney Sweeps & Repair at (615) 285-9118 today! We look forward to serving you.
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