Regardless of how much you use your chimney, we suggest that you get a chimney sweep at least once a year. A chimney sweep helps with deposit buildups. Having a fireplace means that you should have the chimney and firebox cleaned. This process should not be a D.I.Y. project. You should hire a knowledgeable and professional chimney cleaning company to take care of removing soot, creosote, and debris. A professional chimney cleaning company has the right brushes and inspection equipment so that the job gets done correctly. Several signs indicate that you may need a chimney repair or at least a chimney sweep. Here they are.
You Can’t Keep Fires Ablaze in Your Fireplace.
If you notice that you can’t start a fire in your fireplace, or keep a fire burning for several hours, then there is a problem with your chimney shaft. Usually, the issue is poor airflow. Without proper airflow, you can’t start a fire. Too much air may cause a fire to extinguish, and not enough air will cause a fire to burn incorrectly.
A Strong Odor Comes From Your Fireplace or Chimney
When a fire burns in your fireplace, the smell should be pleasant and not foul. If a strong odor alerts your nose, then it’s most likely due to the chimney’s shaft having issues with the updraft system. The unpleasant smell typically comes from a poor updraft. Paying attention to a bad smell is critical because other odorless gases could be in your home. Odorless gases are dangerous. Carbon monoxide could lead to respiratory problems or worse.
Greasy Black Soot or Creosote is Present
Every now and then, you should check for creosote or black soot. You can do so by reaching into your fireplace and touching the walls. The grease is harmful. Once it develops in the internal structure of your fireplace and goes unchecked, it turns into creosote. When creosote burns, it can lead to a chimney fire. Creosote is also full of toxic chemicals that cause respiratory problems. Hire a chimney cleaning company to remove the grease right away.
If you notice any of these signs, then give us a call so that we can take care of your chimney sweep needs.
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Champion Chimneys, Inc. is a fully licensed, bonded and insured chimney service company that has been serving customers in Baltimore County, Howard County, and Anne Arundel County, Maryland since 2001. Our team is trained and certified by Certified Chimney Professionals, Inc. (CCP, Inc.). Courteous service is our trademark, and our crews arrive on time in uniform, driving fully equipped trucks. We specialize in all aspects of your chimney system. Whether you need chimney and flue cleaning service or a full chimney rebuild or inspection, contact us at 443-Chimney today and let us fix all your chimney problems. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.