Although they are a primarily aesthetic addition to most homes today, chimneys used to serve a very real purpose. Most homes, especially older ones, include a functioning fireplace and chimney. It is worth noting that if they are not used consistently, fireplaces and, by extension, their chimneys are incredibly dangerous. If you have decided that you would like to use your fireplace after an extended period of dormancy, it is essential that you hire a chimney cleaning company.
Here are a few of the benefits that come with hiring professionals to conduct this work.
Chimneys collect residue every time they are used. This build-up is called creosote and it coats the inner walls of your chimney. A buildup of more than one-quarter inch is a very serious fire hazard, according to Hearth and Home. Trying to remove this on your own is not only unhealthy, but it is also dangerous.
Because you may not have the equipment to thoroughly remove all of the coating inside your chimney, the only way to truly mitigate the fire hazard is by hiring a chimney repair company. A professional chimney repair company will have the tools and experience to ensure that this creosote is properly and thoroughly removed.
Chimney sweeps are often seen in period-based fiction — think of Mary Poppins — and have a significant presence and historical documentation. Most often, people in this profession are described and/or costumed to appear very dirty. Given that the residue left by fire and burning is very dark, it is essential that the equipment used to clean up the soot and ash does a good job. It is very messy, and, if you are not skilled in the art of repairing and cleaning your chimney, you are sure to leave a trail of soot throughout your home.
Some homeowners insurance policies require proof of professional service from chimney cleaning companies. This means that if you don’t trust a professional to conduct the work, you might pay more in higher premiums. Take care of your home and your wallet by scheduling a regular cleaning with your chimney repair company.
Having a home with a working fireplace and chimney adds a lot of joy for your family, especially in the winter months. Make sure that you and your loved ones can comfortably celebrate the holidays next year by scheduling a chimney inspection and cleaning. Call us today to get book your appointment!