A wood stove or fireplace is an excellent way to stay warm in the winter in Jarrettsville, particularly with the icy weather and low temperatures we’ve been having lately. Of course, safety is the name of the game when using firewood to heat one’s home. Routine maintenance, high-quality firewood, and safety precautions are vital when using fireplaces or stoves. Here are some common signs that your firewood-fueled fireplace needs attention from a chimney sweep in Jarrettsville.
How Often Does a Chimney Need Sweeping With Regular Firewood Use?
A professional chimney sweep can clear your flue of flammable creosote, bird and squirrel nests, and other debris, making it safe to use. The frequency with which you’ll need to have your fireplace serviced will depend on a few factors, but most homeowners should get their chimneys serviced at least once per year. A chimney sweep should inspect and clean your chimney in the autumn to ensure that your flue is clear before you start piling on the firewood for the season. If you use poorly-seasoned firewood or use your fireplace often, your chimney will likely accumulate creosote more quickly. Using dry, well-seasoned hardwood firewood is a great way to limit creosote buildup.
Call a Chimney Sweep Before Lighting Your Firewood If…
There are plenty of reasons to seek the help of a professional chimney cleaner. Whether you’ve already had annual maintenance or you’ve put it off for a while, these signs can indicate the need for professional chimney service:
- High carbon monoxide levels – You should invest in a carbon monoxide detector. These devices can help detect this potentially-lethal gas. If you notice high carbon monoxide readings, extinguish your fire immediately and open all nearby windows to allow the gas to dissipate. Call a chimney sweep without delay.
- Smoke where it shouldn’t be – If you see smoke filling up the room where your fireplace is located, there’s likely a blockage. Blockages and failed chimney linings can also result in smoke seeping into nearby rooms or upstairs spaces.
- A burning smell once the fire is out – Creosote is a highly-flammable buildup that can coat the insides of chimneys. If you still detect a burning smell or see smoke after you’ve put out your fireplace, the creosote in your chimney may still be burning. Call for help — many disastrous chimney fires result from unchecked deposits of creosote that catch fire.
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