Everyone knows that the element of fire has the possibility to be very dangerous, but your chimney could be hiding other dangers that could be hazardous to your health. To keep your family safe in your home, you should be aware of a couple of chimney health hazards that could occur. At Ace Chimney Sweeps, your safety is our top priority, which is why we would like to tell you more about a couple of these health hazards. You can count on us to protect you and your family from these hazards with our professional chimney maintenance and repair services.Chimney Hazards - Elkton MD - Ace Chimney Sweeps

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Every time you light a fire in your fireplace, the toxic gas carbon monoxide is produced; however, it is exhausted out of your home through the chimney when everything in your chimney is properly working. If anything like leaves or fallen bricks is blocking the flue, it can force carbon monoxide back into your home. Another problem that can lead to this poisonous gas leaking into your living spaces is a damaged chimney liner as the gas can pass through any gaps or cracks in the liner. According to Home Advisor, this hazard can be especially dangerous since carbon monoxide is odorless and tasteless. You also may not know about a leak of this toxic gas because you cannot see any damage inside the chimney. To be sure your family is not at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, you should always remember to schedule a professional chimney inspection. Ace Chimney Sweeps will look carefully for any problems that could lead to a carbon monoxide leak.

Lung Hazards

If your chimney is not drafting properly or you have other problems that could cause an insufficient air supply, you could have an excessive amount of soot buildup in your chimney from incomplete combustion. Inhaling too much soot could possibly lead to lung irritations, including cancer. This can also cause other types of respiratory problems, particularly for the elderly and young children. Chimney draft issues are responsible as well for smoke blowing back into your home, which can cause lung irritations. Ace Chimney Sweeps can help you solve drafting problems in your chimney with several different services, including installing a special type of chimney cap that can improve the draft.

Keep your family safe from these chimney health hazards this winter. Contact us today at Ace Chimney Sweeps to schedule your appointment for your annual professional chimney inspection.