Contrary to many homeowner’s assumptions, whether or not you need a chimney sweep is not relevant to the use of your chimney/fireplace. Your chimney serves to exhaust your fireplace and in many cases, the furnace too. When a chimney is not in use birds, insects, and other unwanted critters can take up real-estate in your chimney. You’ll want to have any remnants left by these guests removed and any damage addressed. Additionally, Indiana weather takes a serious toll on the masonry and the internal components of a chimney. The freezing and thawing, expanding and contracting of water in any deteriorated mortar joints, or porous brick, will perpetuate the breaking down of your chimney’s structure.
If the chimney is used, it is absolutely recommended by industry professionals to have the chimney cleaned and inspected annually. When wood is burned, creosote is left behind, and a fire burning inefficiently (not hot enough) allows creosote to build up in the flue system. Creosote is a flammable tar-like substance that can re-ignite and lead to flue-fires which crack flue-tiles and cause serious structural hazards for your home.
A chimney should be swept at least once annually by a certified chimney sweep. Your Chimney Outfitters have been certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America to ensure that you receive a quality sweep and inspection service that is aware of chimney safety regulations and best burning practices.
If you have not had your chimney swept or inspected this year, feel free to give us a call to schedule your appointment, or click HERE.