Have you recently moved to a home with a fireplace? Is this the first time that you've owned a home with a fireplace? Although a fireplace may seem like a simple part of your home, it does still need regular maintenance in order for it to continue to function correctly. Besides making sure that the hearth is cleaned out after every fire, you'll also need to have the chimney cleaned out on a regular basis. There are a number of reasons why you should hire a professional to clean out your chimney at least once a year. These reasons include:
Prevent fires: Every time you light a fire in your fireplace, the smoke traveling up your chimney may be deposited along the sides. This buildup is called creosote and, if allowed to stay in your chimney, can eventually lead to a dangerous chimney fire. In order to prevent this from happening, you should have a professional chimney cleaning at least once a year. This will help to keep the buildup from becoming thick enough to become a serious hazard. The chimney professional will use a variety of cleaning tools to make sure that your chimney is cleaned as much as possible, helping to ensure that your fireplace continues to be safe.
Discover damage: Another benefit of having a chimney cleaning performed on a regular basis is having the chimney cleaner inspect your entire chimney. The repeated heat and cold cycle that occurs in a regularly-used chimney can weaken the mortar and may eventually cause damage to the bricks themselves. The chimney professional will let you know after each cleaning if he or she has found anything that you should be concerned about and that requires repair. This will allow you to fix any issues with your chimney before they become a serious problem.
Remove debris: Although chimneys often have a cover that can let the smoke out while keeping other things from getting in, these covers can sometimes get damaged or dislodged. When this happens, things like leaves, twigs, or even live animals may be able to enter your chimney. Unfortunately, an animal that enters your chimney may not be able to find its way out again. A professional chimney cleaning will be able to remove any foreign objects from your chimney, preventing them from becoming a danger to your home. You may want to consider having your chimney cleaned out just before you start to use it in the autumn so that you don't have to worry about this sort of thing being a danger to your home.
If you're thinking about getting your chimney cleaned, contact Allstate Chimney Service today!