Monthly Archives November 2014

With all of the fires going on around the country this year, fireplace safety should be top of mind. Fireplaces can be a great source of heat, but you need to make sure to do it safely. With a seemingly record number of fires that we’ve seen and have reported on through our social outlets, it seems like now is more crucial than ever to practice fireplace safety. Annual Inspections Make sure you have your chimney inspected annually by a professional.  When we inspect your chimney, we look for creosote, which is a black, oily substance that builds up on the walls of your chimney and is extremely flammable.  Because of this build up, there is a tremendous risk of combustion and is often the result of house fires. Chimney Cleaning (Chimney Sweeping) If there is enough creosote built up, you need to get the chimney professionally cleaned.  When you have a professional do it, we use specialized tools that allow us to get all of the mess out of the chimney, and stay out of your home.  If you try and do it with a vacuum or another do it yourself remedy, you’ll often find a bigger mess in your living room than you thought you had in the chimney.  Plus, you won’t get the entire chimney very clean at all, and most of what is dangerous, the creosote, will remain. Fireplace or Wood Stove Cleaning One thing you can do regularly is to clean out your fireplace or
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