Too often, when chimney fires occur (and in worst case scenarios, spread through a home) the culprit is one that can be avoided.
Homeowners play a pivotal role in the upkeep and overall health of their fireplace and chimney. Dismissing routine maintenance and best practices can have dire consequences. The simple tasks and tips below often can be done quickly and inexpensively to help keep your chimney operating safely and efficiently every year.
- Burn only dry and seasoned hardwood for the best performance. Keep the fire hot to avoid the build-up of creosote, a by-product of burning that can adhere itself to the interior walls of the chimney. And while creosote can catch on fire in intense heat, hot burns prevents creosote from forming, significantly reducing the risk of a chimney fire.
- Fix issues as they arise to avoid costly and more-involved repairs later. Cracked crown? Deteriorating mortar? Chimney cap damage? Get them all fixed sooner than later. While these problems may seem innocuous, leaving them to fester can cause big issues in the future.
- Have your chimney professionally cleaned and inspected every year. Having a professional clean and inspect your chimney will help rid the chimney of creosote and identify any of the problems listed above that should be immediately repaired. In addition, a good cleaning will help make your chimney more efficient.
The professionals at MCP Chimney and Masonry have the tools and the experience to clean and inspect your chimney thoroughly. We have the means and knowledge to remove creosote from your chimney, and identify any dangerous issues on the inside of your chimney.
Now is the best time to schedule your chimney cleaning and inspection, before cold temperatures set in and you want to use your fireplace regularly. To schedule a cleaning and inspection, contact us today.