Your family has a Halloween tradition of going through trick-or-treat bags in front of a cozy, warm fire in your fireplace, but this year may be different because you forgot to contact Ace Chimney Sweeps to schedule your annual chimney sweeping and inspection appointment. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and other fire safety experts recommend that homeowners have their chimneys professionally swept and inspected every year before lighting the first fire. Without this professional chimney maintenance service visit, you will not know whether or not your fireplace will work as safely as possible. We would like to tell you more about why you need to have your chimney professionally swept and inspected each year.
When you use your wood-burning fireplace on a regular basis during the winter, there is a good chance that you have creosote buildup accumulated on the interior walls of your chimney. Creosote develops naturally during the combustion process, but it is important to have it removed at the end of every winter because it is so flammable that experts have named it as a leading cause of chimney fires. After Ace Chimney Sweeps has swept your chimney, your chimney fire risk is greatly decreased because we take great care to remove every bit of creosote from your chimney.
CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
One of the most important reasons why you should have your chimney professionally inspected every year is to make sure there is no problem that could allow toxic gases like carbon monoxide to easily leak into your living spaces. When Ace Chimney Sweeps inspects your chimney, we will look to see if there is any debris blocking the flue because that could force carbon monoxide back into your home. We will also look for cracks or gaps in the liner and the firebox. Your safety is our top priority, and we want to protect you and your family from the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. If we do find any problems that would make your chimney be unsafe to use, we will provide you with a written explanation and photographs of the damage as well as with a fair and honest written estimate of the repair work needed to make your chimney safe to use again.
You still have time to get your chimney professionally swept and inspected before Halloween, but you will need to contact us today at Ace Chimney Sweeps to schedule your appointment. We are here for all of your professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation needs in the Elkton area.