Did you know you should have your chimney cleaned at least once a year?
In fact, how much do you know about your chimney?
While this blog spends a lot of time talking about roofing and repairs, this particular post will focus on something that sits atop the roof: the chimney.
Now, not everyone has a chimney. In fact, they are more common in older homes, and if you don’t have a fireplace, you don’t really have a reason to have one.
Now, how often should you be cleaning your chimney? What if you don’t really use your fireplace?
If you don’t plan on using your fireplace, you may not need to get your chimney swept as often. However, if this is the case, do not just change your mind and start using it. It will need to be cleaned/ swept first. The more you use your fireplace, the more often you need to get it cleaned.
This is actually very dangerous. A dirty fireplace can start a fire. Over time, as you continue to use your fireplace, a sticky substance called Creosote can build up along the inside of the chimney. This is dangerous because Creosote is very flammable and can easily start a fire inside of your chimney.
Spending a little bit extra to get your chimney swept is worth it to prevent losing hundreds of thousands of dollars or putting yourself in danger due to a house fire.
Another important part of the chimney to keep an eye on is the flashing. These are sheets of metal that are placed around the chimney to connect it to the roof and prevent leakage. It’s a good idea to have this checked on whenever you get your chimney swept or your roof inspected. This will avoid floods and allow you to be fully aware of how your roof is doing. If you find that the flashing is not properly connected or needs to be fixed, call your roofing company ASAP to prevent any damage to the house.
Just like every other part of your house, a fireplace is a responsibility that you must keep up with. If you don’t take good care of it, you could be putting yourself and your family in danger. We care about your safety and we want to make sure every piece of your house is in good condition.
As always, if you ever have any questions, you can always reach out to us or your chimney/ roofing company.
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