How a Fireplace Chimney Sweep Keeps Your Home Safe from Fire
Firemen are not the only people that protect you and your home from a fire. You may have never thought you would need the service of one, but the truth is a fireplace chimney sweep is vital to keeping your home safe from many different types of fires- whether you own a fireplace or not.
A fireplace chimney sweep ensures your fireplace can handle fires
First of all, as the name suggests a fireplace chimney sweep does make sure the chimney connected to your fireplace is always able to handle the heat from the fires you build. While you relax in front of a warm fire in your fireplace, it’s easy to forget how dangerous and destructive that fire has the potential to be. But if the chimney connected to your fireplace is damaged or dirty, the fire you’re enjoying can become dangerous quickly. A dirty fireplace contains creosote, which is a flammable substance and is the number one cause of chimney fires. Creosote builds in three stages, and each later stage is more dangerous and difficult to remove. A chimney sweep does the important job of professionally cleaning your fireplace, and fixing any damage in it, so it doesn’t contain any flammable substances and is more than capable of handling all the fires you want to enjoy.
A chimney sweep takes care of more than a fireplace
However, chimneys are connected to much more than just fireplaces. They can be connected to other appliances like a furnace or boiler, which function as the main source of heat for many American homes. Like a chimney connected to a fireplace, these chimneys are also dangerous when they become dirty or damaged, and can also contain creosote.
Finally, even if you don’t have a fireplace or any appliance connected to a chimney, chances are you’ll still need the help of a chimney sweep at some point. Chimneys are basically venting systems for a fireplace or appliance, so chimney sweeps take care of other venting systems as well. This includes one you rely on very week but probably have never thought about getting cleaned- your clothes dryer vent. If you don’t have the vent connected to your dryer cleaned at least once a year, it will becomes so clogged with lint that it will be both inefficient and dangerous. A clogged vent makes it more difficult for moisture to leave your dryer, which makes it take longer for your clothes to dry. It also can cause a fire. A dirty dryer vent is one of the most common causes of house fires every year, yet many homeowners have no idea getting their dryer vents cleaned is so important. A professional chimney sweep can clean your dryer vent so this is one area of your home you don’t have to worry about.