Nothing is more soothing on a cold and wet wintry day than relaxing in the comfort and warmth of a glowing fire in your fireplace. However, if you cannot remember the last time that you had your fireplace and chimney cleaned and maintained by a professional chimney sweep, then it is probably time for a thorough cleaning. Lack of proper fireplace and chimney cleaning can transform the comfort and coziness of that relaxing fire into a potentially dangerous situation.
Why is chimney cleaning important? When you use your fireplace frequently throughout the year, soot accumulates in your chimney. In addition to this, debris and leaves can enter the chimney if there is no cap or guard installed, which can restrict the venting of smoke out of your home. Rather than the smoke from your cozy fire being vented out through the chimney, it could fill your home if the chimney is clogged.
Most importantly, regular chimney cleaning prevents the build-up of creosote, a flammable substance that can ignite and burn very quickly as well as causing a blockage and restricting air flow. A professional chimney sweep will ensure that this has been thoroughly removed from the chimney’s interior walls, thereby reducing the risk of a fire occurring. Finally, cleaning your chimney and fireplace can be very messy, so many people prefer to hire a professional to do the job.
Depending on how often you use your fireplace during the colder months in the DC metropolitan area, a thorough chimney cleaning is recommended no less than once every year. Regular cleaning will protect you and your family against the risk of a fire starting in the chimney and your indoor air quality from being compromised by smoke circulating throughout your home via your HVAC system.
Call Dapper Ducts today to have your chimney cleaned and keep enjoying those crackling, cozy fires.
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