As the weather warms up, lighting a fire in your fireplace is probably one of the last things on your mind. At 2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc., we understand that our customers don’t think about their chimneys as often as we do. But we do feel that it is important for any homeowner to get their chimney swept, even when the weather outside is warm. Here’s why.
A Chimney Fire Is a Very Real Possibility
Chimney fires often result from a buildup of creosote in the lining of the chimney. Creosote is a black or brown sticky residue that forms as a result of combustion. As wood burns, things like minerals, unburned wood, and water vapor make their way up the chimney, and these collect on the inside of the chimney. Creosote is highly combustible, and it is far less likely that you’ll experience a fire with an annual chimney cleaning.
Your Chimney May Be Damaged from Winter
Certain conditions make it more likely that creosote will build up and a chimney fire can spread, and your technician may also detect such issues during a chimney sweeping. Cracked clay chimney liner tiles, damaged masonry, broken chimney crowns, blockage, and other issues may threaten your chimney, but a technician can detect these with an inspection.
Schedule chimney and fireplace cleaning and inspection each year with a certified chimney sweep if you want to feel safer and more confident operating your chimney come wintertime. Chimney technicians are skilled at identifying issues and have the proper tools to do so, and they can make sure that your chimney is back in shape by winter.
Start thinking about chimney maintenance long before the cold weather makes an appearance again. At 2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc., our chimney sweeps are available year round to assist you in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Call Us Today! 612.922.9600 or 1-888-PIXLEYS