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The best methods for keeping chimneys and fireplaces clean and safe.

Updated: Apr 20, 2023

Welcome to Texas Family Chimney Care Blog! Here, you will find all of the tips and techniques necessary for maintaining an efficient chimney. So grab yourself a hot cocoa, cuddle up by the fireside, and let's get going!


Fireplaces add warmth and ambiance to any home, yet can become dangerous without proper upkeep. To safeguard both yourself and your loved ones, it's crucial that all necessary steps be taken in order to keep both chimney and fireplace functioning optimally.

A man relaxing in a cozy living room, with a warm fire burning in the fireplace
Ahhh, nothing like a good rest in front of the fire to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside!


The first step to proper chimney care and safety should include annual inspection and cleaning by an accredited chimney sweep. This allows them to detect potential issues that could pose fire hazards or pose other safety threats before any fire breaks out unexpectedly.

Your chimney sweep can also help eliminate creosote accumulation in your chimney - an inflammable substance that accumulates over time and needs to be cleared away in order for you to use your chimney properly.


Install a chimney cap: this will protect against debris, animals, and moisture which could wreak havoc with your chimney, potentially creating fire hazards and endangering your home. After each use of your fireplace, it's also crucial that ashes are collected into a metal container away from home and safely stored out of harm's way.

At regular intervals, it is also critical that chimneys be carefully examined for signs of damage or deterioration, including cracks, loose bricks, or missing mortar. Should such issues exist they must be dealt with quickly to prevent further deterioration and potential safety risks.


Before using your fireplace, ensure the damper is open so smoke and gases can escape freely. After use has ended, however, ensure it's closed to prevent heat loss as well as keep out cold air.


Additionally, installing a spark arrestor may prevent sparks from escaping your chimney and sparking nearby combustible materials. When burning wood in your fireplace it's essential that only well-seasoned wood be used; this helps minimize creosote build-up which poses a fire hazard risk.


Importantly, wet or green wood should never be burned as this produces excess smoke and creosote deposits that contribute to more creosote accumulation in your chimney.


Finally, it is vitally important that a chimney inspection be performed regularly in order to detect any blockages that could pose a fire hazard.


Install carbon monoxide detectors near your fireplace to warn you if there are dangerous levels of gas present.


Take these steps to protect the safety of both yourself and your home. Regular inspection and cleaning of chimneys and fireplaces, and using appropriate wood-burning materials when burning wood can all help ensure safety from fire hazards and other risks.


Installation of a chimney cap and spark arrestor will help keep out debris, animals, moisture, and any potential threats to damage to the chimney itself.


Installing carbon monoxide detectors near the fireplace will alert you of any potentially hazardous levels of CO gas in the environment, helping keep both family members and the home itself safer. By taking such steps, you can help ensure everyone remains secure.



 

9 best methods for keeping chimneys and fireplaces clean and safe


1. Have your chimney and fireplace professionally inspected and cleaned annually by an accredited chimney sweep.


2. Install a chimney cap to protect it against debris, animals, and moisture entering through your chimney flue.


3. After every use, collect all ashes in an outer metal container for storage outside.


4. Do a visual inspection of the chimney for signs of damage and wear-and-tear, such as cracks, loose bricks, or missing mortar.

5. Make sure the damper is open while using your fireplace and closed when not. This will prevent heat loss while blocking cold air entry.

6. Install a spark arrestor to prevent sparks from escaping your chimney and sparking nearby combustible materials, like wood chips.


7. Use only seasoned wood in your fireplace in order to reduce creosote build-up and preserve air quality.


8. Avoid burning wet or green wood as this will produce additional smoke and creosote build-up, leading to higher smoke emissions and creosote formation.


9. 10. Have your chimney professionally inspected to detect blockages or obstructions which could pose a fire hazard, as well as install carbon monoxide detectors near the fireplace to alert of dangerous levels of gas in your immediate environment.



Maintenance doesn't need to be an inconvenience - let our certified chimney sweeps do it all for you! They'll make sure your chimney and fireplace are in pristine condition so you can sit back, relax and enjoy using your fireplace without worry!

Please don't put it off any longer - call us right away so that we can handle everything for you!




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