Does your family use your home's fireplace on an even semi-regular basis? If so, when is the last time you had your chimney and fireplace cleaned by a professional? If you can't even remember the last time this happened, it's time to get serious about fireplace and chimney maintenance. A regular appointment with a chimney sweep can offer multiple long-term benefits to your house and your family.
1. Make Sure the Smoke (and Carbon Monoxide) Goes Outside
As you burn wood in the fireplace and smoke goes up into the chimney, soot and other gunk can build up over time. If the chimney becomes too clogged, some of that smoke, dust, and dirt can end up coming into your home instead of escaping out into the sky. If the chimney is seriously unclean, you also are at risk of having carbon monoxide end up in your living room or family room or wherever the fireplace is located.
2. Avoid Accidental Fires
As soot and creosote build up inside your chimney, it's just smoke and carbon monoxide that you have to worry about. Creosote is a substance that can catch fire itself. If you have a build-up of this substance in your chimney and you start a fresh fire, it's possible all of the smoke going up the chimney could spark flames inside the chimney itself. A chimney that goes up in flames could very quickly spread trouble to the roof and then your entire house may be in trouble. A regular sweep from a professional chimney ensures that your chimney remains free and clear of potential fire trouble and so will the rest of your home.
3. Extend Your Chimney's Life and Maintain the Value of Your Home
Beyond the obvious safety benefits of regularly cleaning your fireplace and chimney, it's also just the start move from a long-term financial perspective. A chimney that is not cleaned by a professional sweep on a regular schedule will reach the end of its lifespan sooner rather than later. You'll either have to pay to have a new chimney installed or the next homeowner's will if you ever sell your house. A house with a chimney in a state of disrepair might not pass inspection when the time comes or you might have to reduce money off of the asking price to get the next homeowner to take on the risk.
To learn more, contact chimney sweep services.