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The Importance of Annual Fireplace Maintenance

blogHave you used your fireplace yet this season?  If not, it’s just a matter of time before you revert back to fall and winter time habits as the days grown shorter and the chill becomes more pervasive.

Of course, and if you don’t mind us saying so: “Not so fast!” Because first, it makes abundant sense to have your fireplace and chimney cleaned and inspected.  In the process, a professional cleaning service can determine how much, if any creosote has built-up since the last cleaning and remove what they find.  Creosote forms from wood, paper, and cardboard that don’t burn well which, in turn, is usually caused be lack of sufficient air to circulate in the fireplace and chimney. Plus, creosote is combustible and can emit unpleasant odors which will work their way into your loving spaces when down drafts are at work.

Creosote also can spawn mold and mildew after coming in contact with rain and snow.  And that spells the possibility of respiratory issues for you and other family members.

Not ready to contact professional chimney cleaner just yet.  At the very least, grab a flashlight and take a peek up your chimney and see if you can spot any creosote. If your chimney has been cleaned recently, there may only be some grey or black dust. If there is a lot of build-up, it could be black and flakey, or the most flammable type: thick and crusty.

As we stated at the top, the best time to have your chimney cleaned is before you start using your fireplace.  While they’re at it, your chimney cleaners can remove any animals – dead or alive – that temporarily made your chimney their home.

Here’s something else to put on your fall “must do” list:  contact Furnace Doctors for our very professional and through furnace cleaning and inspection service. As a result, you’ll be less likely to encounter any repair issues during the upcoming heating season.  You’ll also pay less to heat your home and have less to worry about safety wise.  Furnace Doctors:  your all-purpose furnace and air conditioning service provider.

The Importance of Annual Fireplace Maintenance
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