Brick chimneys are excellent additions to homes for adding warmth and elegance to a kitchen, dining room, or living room. They add luxury to a building and serve as a social hub were families and friends can gather and enjoy the warmth that they provide. As the leading provider of chimney cleaning in Philadelphia, we know how essential it is to keep chimney areas maintained for safety and aesthetic purposes. Below are some advantages of regular chimney maintenance.
Increased Safety for Home Heating
Creosote is a byproduct of the combustion process within a fireplace. As this material is deposited inside your chimney, the efficiency of the structure decreases. As more cool air circulates, the energy efficiency of your chimney continues to decline, meaning that you have to burn more wood to stay warm.
Additionally, insects, rodents, and small birds can get trapped in the flue, preventing toxic fumes from escaping your home. This increases the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, which is also known as the ‘silent killer.’
Every year, more than 200 people die as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the Chimney Safety Institute of America. By scheduling a professional chimney cleaning, a chimney sweep can clear out all the creosote and blockages, increasing the efficiency of your fireplace and lowering the risk of toxic fumes entering your home.
Prevent Expensive Repairs
Wood burning fireplaces can climb to temperatures of over 1100°F. This heat creates bits of wood, ash, soot, and particles that are all byproducts of the combustion process and can smother the flue liner, damper, smoke shelf, and masonry with grime, dirt, and contaminants.
By working with a professional chimney sweep, you can reduce levels of wear and tear on all components, decreasing the chances of needing costly repairs and replacements. Additionally, a thorough chimney cleaning can help to identify any masonry problems before they become larger, more expensive repairs.
Don’t leave your chimney area unsafe this winter, schedule a professional inspection and cleaning. These services take less than an hour to complete and could potentially save lives.
For additional information, or for fireplace repairs in the Philadelphia area, contact a member of our team today.