Mild winters mean more chimney fires! It's true. People choke back their woodstoves in mild weather - leading to more creosote accumulation - but many don't realize this, so they skip getting it cleaned, thinking it doesn't need it as bad as it would after a cold winter.
Install a carbon monoxide detector to warn of harmful gases that may be entering your home because of a blocked or damaged chimney or faulty heating system.
Springtime is the right time to get your chimneys checked! Sweeps are generally less frantic in the spring (vs. the crazy fall season) and if your chimney needs repairs, they can be made before the cold weather hits!
To help reduce creosote during wood burning, burn only well-seasoned hardwoods. If you don't know how to build a hot, safe fire, ask your chimney sweep for tips on proper wood burning.
Do you know what to do during a chimney fire? Call the fire department and exit the house - just like any other house fire. Many people choose not to do this, but if the fire does spread, don't you want the firefighters there already?
A blocked chimney can cause combustion by-products to leak into your home, and that is very dangerous to your health. Take few moments each fall to inspect your chimney. If you notice evidence of chimney deterioration, contact a qualified chimney expert right away for corrective repairs.
Ever wonder what wood is the best to burn as firewood? Oak is an American favorite, other hardwoods are also a good choice. You can burn other softer wood also, as long as it is split and dried long enough. It's much more important to burn dry wood than to worry about what kind of wood it is.
A plugged or blocked chimney could cause the products of combustion to back up and filter through your home…and that is very dangerous to your health. So inspect your chimney each fall. It’s simple and only takes a few minutes of your time.
Do you have a smelly fireplace? "Chimney Breath" is most often caused by moisture, rain, or high humidity. Have your chimney cleaned early in the spring to make the humid summer days less odiforous.
P oorly fitting fireplace dampers allow air to move freely up and down the chimney, often resulting in significant energy loss. Install a new damper or repair the existing one so it closes tightly and be sure to close the damper after every use.