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The need for chimney sweeps
Any time an appreciable increase of sediment and creosote occurs it can possibly be enough to fuel a chimney fire that may damage the chimney and also transferred to the roof and home. Furnace flue systems also need cleaning, so don't neglect regular cleaning of those venting systems. Your chimney may appear in great condition outside, but inside maybe hiding significant repairs.
Your flue is the liner inside your chimney that carries heat, toxic fumes and smoke out of your house. Eventually, cracks and deterioration may develop from excessive heat or from having exposure to water. Drops of water can cause your flue to deteriorate faster when your chimney is not properly covered with an approved spark arrestor, commonly regard as a flue cap. A cracked flue leaves your home exposed to heat and embers reaching combustible materials, or toxic fumes entering your home. A professional chimney inspector can check your flue for damage and offer options for repair.
Creosote collects from burning wood or solid fuels and can cause a chimney fire if not removed. Animals may use your chimney as a nest and should be removed before use.
An inspection or cleaning will see to it your chimney is clear and safe for burning.
Are chimney sweeps certified
The Certified Master Chimney Technician title is granted only to experienced chimney sweeps. In reality, certification requires 8 years of sweep practical experience and 6 years of active certification (no matter the origin of the certificate) in the trade.
The nationally acknowledged Certified Chimney Sweep credential offered from Chimney Safety Institute of America is the measure of a chimney sweep's understanding about the assessment and repair and maintenance of chimney and venting systems.
The CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep ® credential is acknowledged by market organizations, insurance underwriters, local, state and federal agencies as the measure of a chimney sweep's knowledge about the evaluation and maintenance of chimney and venting systems.
Do the chimney cleaning logs work
Creosote, the filmy leftovers collected in a chimney by burning wood, is the scourge of many fireplaces and a big main reason a wood-burning fireplace has to be inspected every year, since creosote deposits can intensify fire risks. You may have seen creosote sweeping logs on the racks at big-box outlets and asked yourself if they really get the job done.
Experts say the response is yes, but only if you have reasonable expectations. While they do benefit, they are not a replacement for chimney sweeps. Creosote deposits in a chimney can easily become a very slick, hard glaze, which is difficult to remove. The compressed chemical mix in the creosote log changes the nature of the deposits into a dryer, flakier form, making the chimney sweep's job a little easier. Take note, chimney cleaning logs don't inspect chimneys or can they tell you all the things you need to be aware of. That is best left up to your certified chimney sweep.
How often do you need to clean your chimney
This depends a great deal on how much you use your fireplace or stove. The National Fire Protection Association mentions, "Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at minimum once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances.
Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary." Therefore, even when you don't use your chimney a whole lot-- birds, squirrels, raccoons and other animals may have been using your chimney making things dangerous to use without removing the accumulated particles from nesting activity.
The CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) mentions that fireplaces should be cleaned when 1/8 ″ of sooty buildup is evident inside the chimney and flue system. If any glaze is appearing in the flue, cleaning should be done although there is less than 1/8 ″ of build-up. Any time an appreciable increase of soot and creosote occurs it might be enough to sustain a chimney fire that may damage the chimney and also spread to the roof and home. Furnace flue systems also require cleaning, so don't neglect regular cleaning of those venting systems.
Some heavy use fireplaces generate an incredible measure of soot and creosote during a cleaning.
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