Fireplace Chimney Care
Fireplace Safety is Important
Keeping your chimney clean on a regular basis is a critical factor in preventing your property from catching fire. In order to keep you and your family safe, cleaning and inspecting your chimney on an annual basis is crucial. Your chimney can be blocked by a number of things including bird's nests and leaves. When these items get stuck in your chimney they block the path of the smoke and become a potential fire hazard.
One of the most common reasons for chimney fires is creosote. Creosote is a black or brown, highly combustible substance which formed when you burn wood in your fireplace. Creosote is known to stick to the walls of your chimney and when enough of this substance builds up, it will catch fire and produce a loud bang. In order to prevent this from happening, hiring a professional to clean your chimney is very important.
Chimney sweeps, also know as chimney service technicians, are professional chimney cleaners who are skilled and trained to clean chimneys. The main purpose of hiring a chimney sweep is to aid in the prevention of fires related to your fireplace, wood stove or coal burning system. A chimney sweep will come into your home and remove the creosote which has accumulated in your chimney over the past year. In addition to removing the creosote in your chimney, a chimney sweep can also install and maintain your system as well as provide their professional opinion regarding improvements in your chimney's performance. When hiring a chimney sweep, hire a graduate from the Chimney Safety Institute of America in order to ensure the individual you're hiring is a certified professional.
If you are thinking of hiring a professional to clean your chimney (which is highly recommended) expect to pay anywhere from $30-$50 for a thorough chimney inspection. In addition, a chimney sweep will cost anywhere from $60 to $130 depending on the level of difficulty you're dealing with. If you disregard the importance of a thorough chimney cleaning, you may end up having to pay thousands of dollars for chimney repairs in the future. Chimney inspections and cleanings will save you money in the future.