5 Reasons Why Chimney Maintenance is a Must

During the winter months, your fireplace is a source of warmth. Unfortunately, the cold hard reality is that if it is not maintained properly (and regularly), your chimney could leave you overwhelmed with some not-so cozy problems!

Here are 5 reasons to get your chimney cleaned by a professional:

1. To Prevent Chimney Fires

Sadly, chimney fires happen more common than you may think: 25,000 fires a year in the US. And, according to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), a soot buildup of only about 1/8″ is enough fuel to cause a fire that can damage your chimney and can even spread to the other part of your home. Add creosote — a thick, heavy, and flammable byproduct of wood burning — into the mix and you could have a serious fire hazard on your hands.

This alone should provide motivation to get your chimney professionally cleaned.

2. To Improve Efficiency

For the fireplace and heating system to run efficiently, you need to have the chimney clear of all sorts of residue buildup. Too much soot, creosote, and other blockages not only create safety issues but also won’t let your heating system work to its best abilities.

3. To Save Money

Like with anything, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

By being proactive with chimney and fireplace maintenance, you’ll prevent larger issues and more invasive repairs down the road that could cost much more to remedy.

Get your chimney professionally checked and cleaned — and save money long-term.

4. To Keep Out Critters

Another reason for regular chimney maintenance: to prevent and, if needed, remove debris created by nesting animals like birds, squirrels, and raccoons. This debris can prevent smoke flow and, possibly, create a fire hazard.

5. To Prevent Nasty Smells in Summer

Have you ever wondered why that unpleasant odor is coming from while you’re sitting beside your fireplace in summer? You can thank the creosote deposit that has been building up in your chimney for quite some time!

Chimney odors are usually worse in the summer when the humidity is high, on rainy days, and/or when the air conditioner is running. The only way to prevent such bad smells in summer is to call a professional to clear away creosote deposits. Otherwise, the humid summer months will be causing unpleasant scents all-around your house.     

When to Schedule a Chimney Inspection and Cleaning?

True or False: You don’t use the fireplace too often, which means you’re off the hook for routine cleaning.

If you answered FALSE, then you are CORRECT!

According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), you need to inspect and clean chimneys, fireplaces, and vents at least once a year to check for deposits and clearance.

Experts recommend chimney inspection and cleaning around the same time every year. Spring or summer is considered the perfect time for such activities since you’ve no plan to use it during such seasons.