If you own a fireplace, then you know that they significantly enhance the ambiance of a home. You simply can’t beat cozy nights curled up by a fire with loved ones… They set the mood for any occasion, and there’s no doubt that they make holiday parties more festive than ever! On top of all that, they are known for increasing the value of a house in the selling process, and tons of potential home buyers look for a fireplace in their future homes.
For something that makes such a difference, don’t you think it deserves regular care and maintenance? Inspections, sweepings, and more all ensure your chimney system stands strong and runs efficiently with every passing year. Neglect can lead to some major issues and, once things start crumbling, your chimney will be unsuitable for use until expensive repairs are made.
Invest in regular maintenance with A-1 Chimney Specialist, so you know you’re good to go this holiday season. Our CSIA certified stafff can’t wait to help you out soon!
One thing that needs to be taken care of regularly is creosote accumulation. Creosote forms as fires are burned in your fireplace, making it nearly impossible to avoid, and it is very flammable, thus encouraging chimney fires to occur. You can decrease the rate at which it forms by burning only seasoned wood and by encouraging good airflow throughout your system, but these factors don’t entirely prevent it from building up inside your chimney.
Your best bet for keeping your system free from the harmful effects of creosote is by investing in regular sweepings and inspections. We can look at your system and let you know if a sweeping is necessary. Ignoring this regular maintenance may eventually cause a chimney fire to form, which is very damaging to your chimney’s structure, as a whole. It melts mortar, cracks brick, and it leaves your home’s woodwork more vulnerable to stray flames and heat.
The worst part is, many times these fires occur without the homeowners even realizing it! In these cases, people continue to build fires, not realizing that they are causing more damage and are close to starting their own home fire. This is why inspections and regular maintenance is so important, and why scheduling an annual check-up with a professional is always your best bet in the long run.
Another reason why regular chimney and fireplace maintenance is necessary is so that repairs can be addressed as needed and in a timely manner. Not all issues are easy to detect. Cracks, holes, and damaged parts can lead to inefficiency, smoke backup, exposure to harmful toxins, and a whole lot more. Trust us when we say it’s not worth the risks involved (or the extra expenses and stress). Call on our expert team, so that we can allow you the peace of mind you deserve this holiday season.
Whatever your fireplace and chimney needs are, we are certain we can help you out. From installations to restorations to repairs, we truly do it all! Give us a call today to learn more.