A roaring fire won’t offer you many chances. However, a lack of chimney maintenance can result in injury and even death. To prevent such a tragedy, regular professional chimney sweeping is essential. The main benefit of a chimney sweep is the removal of flammable creosote build-up.
- Creosote build-up appears puffy with varicoloured streaks
- Metal anywhere in the chimney vicinity is warped
- Flues have collapsed or cracked
- The rainhat is distorted or showing signs of discolouration
- Flakes of creosote appear on the ground or roof around the chimney
- Roofing material shows heat damage
- Masonry cracks appear
- Smoke escapes where it shouldn’t
What is Creosote?
Creosote is a highly combustible wood byproduct released during combustion. Creosote appears black or brown and may be thick like tar, sticky, shiny, flaky or hardened. Creosote build-up is the main culprit in chimney fires and is the main reason you should consider a professional and regular chimney sweep. It is possible to reduce the risk of fires and preventing the creosote building-up:
- Have your chimney cleaned and inspected at least once a year
- Use only dry, seasoned wood.
- Never burn rubbish, cardboard or other items in the fireplace as sparks may result in fires
- Build smaller, hotter fires which produce less smoke.
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Prevent Gas Poisoning
chimney sweeping not only helps prevent fires but also carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide poisoning is often a result of poor ventilation as well as blocked or leaking flues and chimneys. It is quite possible that bird nests built in chimney to provoke fires due to bad ventilation. A blocked or damaged flue may also cause carbon monoxide to leak into your home. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result in severe headaches, dizziness, nausea and even death.
The Costs Involved
Even if you’re asking for professional experts in chimneys, depending on their size and design, and their number, you could save more money than spend. The medium price range is between ’30-‘100. The extent of the damage and labour required to get your chimney back into perfect working order may also affect the cost.
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