The Importance of Chimney Cleaning and Safety Inspections

The Importance of Chimney Cleaning and Safety Inspections

The importance of cleaning your chimney is immeasurable. Annual cleanings and inspections will give you peace of mind that your chimney is operating efficiently and safely, especially if you use your fireplace on a regular basis.

There are several reasons why annual cleanings and inspections are necessary, primarily to:

– Remove potentially dangerous creosote, the toxic by-product of fires. Creosote can grow to be inches thick on the interior walls of your chimney, and when exposed to intense heat, can catch on fire and spread throughout your home.

– Ensure that your chimney is not cracked or excessively worn, allowing water to seep into your home. Cracks in your chimney can also allow unpleasant odors and noxious smoke into your living space.

– Clear any debris that could block your chimney, including leaves or materials left behind by animals that call your chimney home. These blockages can prevent hazardous smoke from adequately clearing your fireplace and instead enter your home.

It’s recommended that you have your fireplace and chimney cleaned and inspected every year, more often with heavy use. Even if you don’t use your fireplace, it’s recommended that you have a professional chimney sweep company like MCP Chimney & Masonry Inc. inspect the chimney since it may be used as a venting system for your furnace and more.

At MCP, not only do we have the knowledge and ability to inspect, clean and repair the inside of your chimney, but we also can fix the exterior of a worn chimney. Weather can wreak havoc on your chimney over time, and a crumbling chimney is a disaster waiting to happen.

Contact us today to learn more about why you need a chimney cleaning and inspection or to schedule an appointment.