There is nothing like having a nice wood burning or gas fireplace in your home to create a sense of comfort and ambiance. It truly is nice to be able to put a fire on and just sit back and relax. Fireplaces are also very good at helping you save money on energy bills. While there are many benefits of a fireplace, it is very important that you clean the chimney of your fireplace often. Many people actually forget to clean a chimney which is very bad for a variety of reasons. Here are a few reasons you should clean your chimney.
If you are not getting your chimney cleaned then you run a high risk of starting a chimney fire. There are a few ways that a chimney fire can start. One way is when creosote that is found in an unclean chimney actually ignites and starts to burn within the chimney. This is how many chimney fires actually start, but once they start they are able to spread with ease. It is also common for sparks to jump from an unclean chimney and land on the roof, or even in small cracks of the chimney. Cleaning your chimney can help prevent these problems.
If you are having a hard time controlling the smoke from your fire then you may have a chimney that is clogged up. When you are burning fossil fuels or wood then you are going to have a buildup of soot and creosote. This can make it hard for the smoke to escape the chimney. The problem is that there is nowhere for the smoke to go except back down the chimney and into you home. Often the smoke entering the home will start slowly so you do not even recognize the problem. However, over time you can have a lot of smoke damage to your home.
When you are burning wood or fossil fuels in your home, you are going to be increasing the likelihood of smoke and carbon monoxide poisoning in your home. The probability of being poisoned by toxic fumes increases if the smoke and and other by products of burning are not able to escape the chimney because it is blocked off. You do not want to put yourself at risk, so just be sure to clean your chimney.
Talk with a company like Allstate Chimney Service about keeping your chimney clean.
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