4 Reasons to Clean Your Chimney

May 1st, 2017

Spring is finally here, and as we look forward to warmer weather, your fireplace is probably the last thing on your mind. Before you shift your thoughts to landscaping and skimming the swimming pool, give your chimney the attention it needs after a winter of use.

4 reasons to clean your chimney regularly

  1. Prevent fires. Over 24,000 house fires each year are started in the chimney. Cleaning your chimney 1-2 times annually helps eliminate soot build up, thus drastically reducing the risk of fire.

  2. Remove unwanted guests. No, we don't mean kicking your in-laws out or throwing your grown children to the curb! A dirty chimney makes a great home for birds, small animals, and pests. Cleaning the chimney is the best way to keep these unwelcomed visitors from making themselves cozy inside your home.

  3. Reduce the risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is much more likely to creep its way into your home if you have build up in your chimney. Soot and ash can block the necessary vents which allow for chemicals to be released if your chimney is not properly maintained.

  4. Prevent smoke damage. Along with blocking access for chemicals to leave, a dirty chimney also makes it more difficult for smoke to rise. When there is blockage involved, the smoke will have no other route than back down the chimney and into your home, which can lead to damage within the fireplace surround as well as several health concerns.

Before you retire your fireplace for the season, give your local chimney sweep a call. If nothing more, it will help you celebrate spring with peace of mind and take one item off of your to-do list when the weather cools down again in the fall!

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