You have a wood-burning fireplace or furnace and sometimes wonder about the chimney. It seems simple: fire burns, smoke comes out. If the smoke is coming out, the chimney must be working. Although it seems that simple, it’s much more complicated than that.
Does Your Chimney Work Well?
If you see smoke puffing out your chimney stack, then your chimney is working, but are you certain it is working well, or even good enough?
Some Reasons Your Chimney Isn’t at Its Best
- Your chimney isn’t clean. Your chimney may not be cleaned regularly or properly. Not only does your chimney need to be cleaned on a regular basis, especially before use each season, but it must be cleaned by a certified chimney sweep. Certified chimney sweeps are experienced in cleaning all types of chimneys, and are skilled with multiple tools to get the job done.
- Your chimney needs repairs. For various reasons a chimney can shift over time, causing the structure itself to become unstable. When this happens, the lining of the chimney can be damaged, or parts can shift and become unusable. A properly trained chimney sweep will get your chimney in proper working order in no time.
- You aren’t burning the proper fuel. Whether your furnace is a pellet stove, gas stove, or wood stove, you must be sure you’re burning the correct fuel. Especially in a wood stove, you should make certain you are burning properly seasoned wood. If it is burned too soon after cutting, considered green, it can burn slower and incompletely. When wood isn’t burned completely it can cause creosote buildup in your chimney.
Why You Can’t Sweep Your Own Chimney
If you’d ask your neighbor to remove your appendix, you should feel perfectly fine cleaning your own chimney. However, if you like to rest easy knowing your health and safety is in good hands, you should call a professional. The Chimney Sweep Institute of America along with numerous other agencies and organizations recommend regular inspections and maintenance to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning and chimney fires. Learn more about chimney safety here.
A chimney sweep is a professional. At Chimney Solutions all of our sweeps are CSIA-certified and experienced in all types of chimneys and furnaces. Our first priority is the safety of our customers, and professionalism while working in their home or business.
When you schedule a cleaning with Chimney Solutions, our team doesn’t only clean your chimney. Our chimney sweeps also offer exceptional service and advice. If you are concerned or uncertain about your chimney’s function, you can ask a professional!
We also specialize in level 1, 2, and 3 inspections along with regular sweepings and maintenance. It’s our job to get our hands dirty, so you don’t have to. We will do the job now so that you don’t have a problem in the future.
Call us at 317-757-6979 or schedule an appointment online for your chimney maintenance today. A certified chimney sweep is standing by.