Give things a good once-over, especially if it’s been months since you last used the chimney to exhaust the fireplace. Small animals and insects may have nested above the closed damper. If your chimney has not been swept since, ever, the flue system may still have creosote built up or experienced natural deterioration through the months of non-use. These side-effects to burning, in addition to Indiana winters, can cause unsafe burning conditions and put your home at risk. A reported 42 percent of house fires are related to chimneys and fireplaces – let’s keep your house off the statistics board.
Industry professionals, the Chimney Safety Institute of America, recommend annual chimney inspections and chimney sweeps.
If you’re up for a bit of a DIY, feel free to visit our blog on a DIY Chimney Inspection
Please note: Wood especially creates a residue called creosote. This is a flammable residue that often ends up lining the walls of many flue systems. If the fire is burning hot enough, the creosote can actually relight and cause what industry professionals refer to as a, flue-fire. Flue-fires can go undetected because they burn up at the top of the chimney’s flue system. Cracks or holes in the flue system, due to deterioration or flue-fires, can allow debris to enter into the structure of the home. Deductive reasoning: fires that are not contained are not friendly fires.
Side-Note from your Outfitters: Please ensure your Chimney Sweep is Certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America.
Before you burn this season give us a call – we’d like to make sure the neighborhood is still standing at the end of the burn-season.
Chimney & Masonry Outfitters is driven by three value-added initiatives: building equity, restoring beauty, and growing peace of mind. Investing in the safety and functionality of your fireplace/chimney is growing peace of mind.
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