A fireplace can add tremendous value to your home, both in the literal monetary value and in terms of comfort and family memories. However, proper maintenance is critical to ensure your chimney works as safely today as it will in three years. An annual chimney inspection from a qualified chimney sweep is not just a good idea—it’s an essential cleaning task to keep you safe. What happens if you wait too long to tidy your chimney?
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Your chimney is not just there for aesthetic purposes; it is how you can funnel smoke, combustion byproducts, and carbon monoxide out of your home. During a chimney inspection or chimney cleaning, obstructions will be removed from the chimney. Things like bird nests, excess leaves, and other debris can stop smoke from flowing freely out and lead to carbon monoxide lingering inside of your home. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer, and a simple chimney cleaning can save your life.
Increased Fire Risk
Tragically, thousands of house fires every year start due to the chimney or the fireplace. Many of these fires are caused by excess creosote. Creosote is a highly flammable byproduct of combustion and will naturally accumulate inside your chimney. The only way to remove it is a chimney cleaning from an experienced chimney sweep. Without a chimney inspection, a single spark in your chimney could potentially start a fire that burns quickly due to the flammability of creosote.
Particularly in homes that don’t use the chimney very often or that have an older chimney with deteriorating masonry, mold growth can be a big potential problem without regular chimney cleaning. Water leaks that go unrepaired can turn into mold and mildew accumulation, as the warmth and humidity inside the chimney encourage these conditions.
Schedule Your Chimney Cleaning from Champion Chimneys, Inc.
When you need a trusted company for your chimney inspection and chimney cleaning, you can trust our team. Champion Chimneys, Inc. is a fully licensed, bonded, and insured chimney service company that has served 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.). 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.