Does Your Chimney Need a Mid-Winter Cleaning? Here's How You Can Tell - Lindemann Chimney Co.
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  • Does Your Chimney Need a Mid-Winter Cleaning? Here’s How You Can Tell

    Does Your Chimney Need a Mid-Winter Cleaning? Here’s How You Can Tell

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    There’s nothing better than a roaring fire to warm up the chilly days and nights of winter.  Whether you’re a frequent fire maker or a novice, ensuring your fireplace and chimney are clean and in good working order is a must.  Having your chimney cleaned and inspected regularly is crucial to your family’s safety. 

    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends an annual maintenance check and cleaning for all wood burning fireplaces.  Not only can the inspection highlight areas of concern, but a professional chimney sweep can also look for creosote buildup. Creosote is the wood and fuel that doesn’t turn to ash when burned.  It goes up the flue where it condenses and sticks to the walls.  Buildup of creosote in the chimney can restrict the flow of gases, cause smoke to re-enter the home, and can even cause a chimney fire.   A mid-winter cleaning can help prevent these problems, and here are a few guidelines to help.

    There is at least 1/8” of soot buildup in the chimney.  This may be difficult to determine without using a professional chimney sweep. However, if a glaze is visible in the flue, cleaning should be done immediately.  Another sign of creosote buildup is a burning wood odor, even when the fireplace isn’t lit.  The glazing and buildup of soot and creosote can help fuel a chimney fire.  When in doubt, the safe bet is to call a professional, like Lindemann, to help gage the situation.

    You haven’t used your fireplace in some time.  When it is unused, the fireplace can not only accumulate debris, but critters may have decided to make the chimney their home.  If your fireplace has been on hiatus, it will be necessary to clean out the chimney before starting your first fire.

    Slow starting or burning fire.  This could be a sign of an obstruction of air flow.  Whether the obstruction is caused by creosote or soot, a slow starting fire is a sign that your fireplace could use a cleaning.

    Cleaning a wood burning fireplace is not a DIY job.  Using a professional chimney sweep, like those employed by Lindemann Chimney, is the best way to ensure your chimney will function properly for the remainder of the winter season, creating the warm ambiance you’ve learned to expect from your fireplace.

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