By: Kim Cox
Yep. Love it or hate it – fall has arrived here in Damascus, Maryland.
And fall ushers in the cool, crisp evenings that trigger the thought of relaxing in front of a nice cozy fire in your fireplace.
But before you even think about starting your first fire, there’s one crucial task you should do to prevent a chimney fire, which could turn deadly.
If you have a working fireplace, pellet stove, or wood stove, then this is for you.
We recommend getting your chimney inspected and cleaned BEFORE you light the first fire of the year!
- To make sure there are no dead animals or birds (um… they can cause quite a stink)
- To remove soot and creosote deposits which accumulate, combust, and can cause hard-to-detect fires which turn into full-blown house fires
- To make sure there are no cracks in the flue which can allow poisonous gases to escape into your home
- To check for broken bricks or cracks in the mortar, which can be dangerous and reduce the efficiency of your woodstove
- To make sure you’re not one of the 27,200 people who suffered 126 million dollars in structure damage because of chimney/fireplace problems (from 2008 USCPCS report)
How to inspect and clean your chimney
Hiring a professional chimney sweep is always our recommended option. But if you’re a DIYer, and don’t mind heights, you can clean your own chimney from the roof with a wire chimney cleaning brush, available at your local home center. (Of course if you clean it yourself – please take all safety precautions! Ladders and roofs can be dangerous).
Mo matter who does it – PLEASE inspect and clean your chimney at least once every year. Chimney fires are almost always preventable with the right care.
Call us at 301-368-3551 with your questions or for more information
On Top Home Improvements
10818 Avonlea Ridge Place
Damascus, MD 20872
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