The arrival of the cooler temperatures is a clear sign that many of us will soon begin using our fireplaces again. This is also the perfect time to make sure your fireplace and chimney are in good working order.
We’ll tell you how in this issue.
HOW CAN A CHIMNEY CATCH FIRE?
The main function of your chimney is to give a path of escape for dangerous gases accumulating in your fireplace or furnace.
If your chimney liner or other portions of your home structure have weakened, enormous heat, sparks and embers can easily escape into flammable parts of the home – like the attic, walls and roof.
Each time you use your fireplace, by-products created by the combustion process (tar, unburned wood particles, smoke, etc.) combine to create creosote – a brown or black flaky residue that clings to the chimney surface.
If the buildup of creosote is thick enough and the internal chimney temperature is high enough, a chimney fire could easily be sparked.
HOW DO I INSPECT MY CHIMNEY?
While you can definitely get a good feel for the condition of your chimney by some inspection carried out yourself, it’s highly recommended that you hire a professional chimney cleaning service to ensure your chimney is safe to use.
CHECK THE DAMPER.
This is the opening facing you from the fireplace that you can adjust for the air intake. The door of the damper should open and close easily, but if there’s resistance, use a stiff brush to clean around the edges.
INSPECTING THE CHIMNEY.
Again, you’re wise to hire a professional chimney cleaning service but you can carry out a visual inspection of the chimney yourself. Be sure that:
IF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS IS DAMAGED BY FIRE IN SAN DIEGO, CALL J&M KEYSTONE, INC.
It’s definitely in your best interest to call in a professional to make sure your chimney is safe for use.
If, however, your home or business is damaged by fire, call us here at J&M Keystone, Inc.; we’re available around the clock, and our number is 800-368-2757
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