Don’t Go Too Long Between Chimney Cleanings

Don’t Go Too Long Between Chimney Cleanings

Cleaning your chimney generally isn’t on everyone’s ‘Honey Do’ list.  It doesn’t look dirty, so why should we clean it?  In a word, safety.

chimney cleaning, rocky hill ctEvery home with a wood-burning fireplace needs to have it cleaned and inspected according to the amount of use it gets.  Guidelines set up by the National Fire Protection Association recommend the chimney and accompanying firebox (fireplace) be cleaned for every cord
of wood burned.

When Should You Have Your Chimney Cleaned?

The best time to have your chimney cleaned is in the spring.  A good way to remember to get it cleaned is just to make it part of your spring-cleaning routine.

What Will the Chimney Professionals do?

First order of business, the technician will visually inspect your chimney.  They will be looking for cracks, leaks, and the general condition of your chimney.

Once the inspection is complete, they will begin the process of cleaning your chimney and fireplace.  This entails using brushes and vacuums to remove all the build-up of soot and creosote inside of your chimney.

The professionals use tarps and drop cloths to cover furniture and carpets to keep the soot from contaminating your home.

Creosote Build Up and Removal

creosote buildup, windsor ctThe next question homeowners ask is what is creosote and why does it need to be removed?  Creosote is a build-up of soot from burning wood.  When wood burns, it deposits black soot on the walls of a chimney.  If those deposits become too thick it develops into very flammable almost tar-like substance.  When embers from a fire get caught in that tar, it can start a chimney fire.  Once a chimney fire starts, it spreads to other parts of the home with lightning speed.

This same tar can clog your chimney, making it difficult for the smoke to rise.  When the smoke doesn’t rise, it comes back into the house.  This will not only discolor walls and furniture, but it can also cause serious health problems.  Itchy eyes and rashes on the skin are just a few of the health issues caused by the returning smoke. If someone in your home has asthma, the smoke can cause an asthma attack.  The only way to prevent a chimney fire is to have a professional chimney company clean your chimney annually.

Leave It To The Chimney Professionals

Can cleaning a chimney be a do-it-yourself project?  No, this is a job best left to the professionals.  Northeastern Chimney, LLC is the logical choice when you need a professional chimney cleaning company.  Our company provides regular training seminars bringing our technicians up to date on current cleaning methods and the newest chimney equipment, giving you the best service possible.  The office staff at Northeastern Chimney is known to have the highest level of customer service in the area.  Despite our vocation, our staff is always clean and punctual.  Each of our techs has a name badge with their picture on it.  We take great care with your home leaving it cleaner than when we came.

Don’t let the chance to keep your family safe and healthy slip away.  Call Northeastern Chimney, LLC, and let us put your mind at ease.

37 Cody St, West Hartford, CT 06110 | (860) 233-5770

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