Fireplaces and chimneys account for so many house fires every year, and the main reason for this is lack of proper maintenance and repairs. Ignoring these things can impair performance, lead to harmful smoke, allow heated air to escape, and even cause a chimney fire. Take a look at what you can do to stay safe.
Annual inspections of your fireplace will keep things safe and running smoothly. There is a natural byproduct of burning wood called creosote that's produced during fires, and certain circumstances will produce even more of these combustible droplets. In addition to creosote, soot is also produced. While soot is not flammable, it will hinder ventilation. Together, creosote and soot can significantly increase the risk of a fire. Chimney inspections are really the only way to ensure that your chimney is safe. Higher level inspections will include a deeper inspection, like of the roof, attic, and crawl spaces.
Aside from chimney sweeping, there are things that you can do to improve your fireplace's efficiency. You should only burn dry, cured wood. Wet wood or green wood are not good to burn. And make sure that it is just wood and doesn't have any paint or chemicals. Close your damper when the fireplace is not in use. Have a chimney cap installed if you don't already have one. Make sure that you have carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors near your fireplace.
Contact us today at Midwest Roofing for more information on why chimney repairs and maintenance are so important.