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Chimney Health Hazards You Should Know About

Building a fire in the fireplace on a cold, snowy night can be such a comfortable, cozy thing to do. Just snuggling down, watching the snow fall outside the window is a wonderful experience after a long day at work. It’s important that you’re aware of some things that could make this cozy pastime a nightmare situation.

Creosote Buildup

First of all, when you use your fireplace on a frequent basis, the inside of your chimney can become coated with the by-products. These are left when the water vapors and other chemicals in smoke condense on it: creosote. Creosote is extremely flammable, so the danger lies in a stray ember or spark floating up the chimney and setting it on fire. A chimney fire is a scary event, but sometimes a chimney fire occurs without the homeowners even being aware of it. Even if you aren’t aware of it, a chimney fire is a threatening situation because it can cause structural damage to your chimney.

If you do have structural damage, you may be in danger of dangerous gases sneaking back into your home instead of being guided out the chimney. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced when you burn a fire in your fireplace, and if left undetected, can cause serious health problems such as nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, headaches, or, in extreme situations, death.

Children and Your Fireplace

If you have young children, it’s important to make sure that they are never left unattended while there is a fire burning. Don’t leave flammable items such as stuffed animals or pillows laying around too close to the fire, especially if there are young children around. If you have an upraised hearth, this often gets overlooked as a possible hazard. Young children can fall and cut their head on this; there are padded liners available which can make this a safer situation.

Another important thing to do is to make sure that your fire extinguishers are in working order. You should keep a fire extinguisher close by your fireplace, and give it a visual check every month. Look for visual signs that it has been damaged, like dents or corrosion, and make sure that the indicator on the pressure gauge is in the operating zone. Fire extinguishers should be inspected professionally yearly.

Don’t Forget the Annual Inspection!

The most important thing you can do to keep your fire-burning experience a  safe one is to have your fireplace and chimney system inspected and cleaned on an annual basis. This should be done by a CSIA certified chimney sweep company like Chim Cheroo Chimney Service. They take pride in providing quality service; your satisfaction is of the utmost importance to them. Give them a call today so that your fire-burning nights are worry-free.

By Don Rhine on November 23rd, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Chimney Health Hazards You Should Know About

Importance of a Chimney Liner

Homeowners that are fortunate enough to have a fireplace need to be aware of certain features of their chimneys and the maintenance of these features. Two of these are Importance of a Chimney Liner IMG- Mansfield OH- Chim Cheroo Chimney Servicechimney liners and heat shields. First, though, it might be a good idea to define what each of these is and the role they play in fireplace safety.

Chimney Liners

When you start a fire in your fireplace, you probably don’t think about what is happening inside your chimney. You know that the chimney is there to direct the smoke and other gasses out of your home, but can the heat of the fire actually do damage to the inside of your chimney? Not if you have a properly constructed and installed chimney liner.

So what is a chimney liner? According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, the definition of a liner in a masonry chimney is “(A) clay, ceramic, or metal conduit installed inside of a chimney, intended to contain the combustion products, direct them to the outside atmosphere, and protect the chimney walls from heat and corrosion.” It’s obvious that the chimney liner plays an important role in keeping your family and your home safe from the dangers of a chimney fire.

Most newer homes have chimney liners already installed. However, if you have an older home (older than the 1940s), it is possible that your home does not have a liner. You can try to check this out yourself, but a better way to be sure that you have a liner would be to call a CSIA certified technician to check it out. Not only will this professional be able to tell you if you have a liner, but also if it is in a good state of repair or if it needs repairs or replacement.

Purpose of Chimney Liners

Chimney liners have three basic purposes. Chimney Safety Institute of America informs that first, a chimney liner protects the combustible items in your home from heat transfer from your chimney, thus helping to prevent a fire inside your home. Another thing that the liner does is protect your masonry chimney from the acidic flue gases produced by your fire. These gases can eat away at the mortar joints inside your chimney, which could eventually allow the gases to leak into the living areas of your home. Chimney liners also cause your chimney to be more efficient because they fit the needs of the appliance that is connected to your chimney. Incorrect sized liners can cause creosote buildups and carbon monoxide production.

Repair or Replacement?

The professional technicians at Chim Cheroo Chimney Service are CSIA certified and trained to inspect your chimney and determine whether your chimney liner can be repaired or if a new chimney liner is needed. If they determine that your liner needs repair, they may recommend HeatShield, which is a sealant product that can be used to repair your chimney.

If it is found that your chimney liner needs to be replaced, Homesaver recommends that a stainless steel chimney liner be used. Chim Cheroo Chimney Service experts install stainless steel liners when they determine that replacement is necessary.

Be sure to call the experts at Chim Cheroo Chimney Service for all your chimney inspection, cleaning, repair and replacement needs.

By Don Rhine on July 25th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Comments Off on Importance of a Chimney Liner