Now that December is here, thoughts turn from turkey and pumpkin pie to peppermint sticks, fudge, lighting the menorah or trimming the tree! The holidays are a special time of year, filled with family and friends, cheerful music playing on the radio, and special traditions from the past. If one of your traditions includes relaxing in front of a crackling fire, then you’ll want to make sure that you’ve had your fireplace and chimney system cleaned within the last few months so that you know that your family will be safe from the dangers of a chimney fire. If you haven’t had it cleaned yet, it’s not too late to give Ceaser Chimney Service, LLC a call and schedule a cleaning, just in time for the arrival of Santa Claus!
One reason to have your chimney inspected and cleaned is because you may have had damage to the structure that needs to be repaired so that you can safely enjoy a fire this holiday season. Your chimney, although a very sturdy structure, can sustain damage in a number of ways. If you’ve had a severe storm, especially one that includes high winds, there could be loosened bricks or other structural repairs that need to be completed. Your chimney can also suffer from the effects of wear and tear as well, especially if you live in an older home. Another thing that many homeowners don’t realize is that chimney fires can occur without you even knowing. Most people think that a chimney fire is a roaring, crackling scene of devastation, but that isn’t normally the case. There isn’t enough oxygen in your chimney to sustain that type of fire, so oftentimes the fire extinguishes itself before the homeowner is even aware that it has occurred. That is a dangerous situation because you may have sustained chimney damage without being aware of it, and it’s important that the damage is repaired before you start burning fires again.
Another reason it’s a good idea to have your chimney inspected is that, over the course of a year of fire burning, your chimney gets quite dirty. It’s important to get all the soot and smudge cleared away because they can contribute to bad odors. Even more importantly, creosote can build up. This is a byproduct of burning wood in your fireplace, carried up your chimney on the smoke from the fire. It forms a crust on the interior of your chimney, and it is extremely flammable. If a spark or ember floats up your chimney, you could have a chimney fire blazing before you know it.
If you haven’t had your chimney cleaned within the past year, give Ceaser Chimney Service a call today and set up an appointment. We’ll have the creosote and anything else cleared out and your chimney Santa-ready in time for the party to start!