If you own a fireplace or wood stove and are looking forward to countless nights of cozy comfort throughout the colder months of the year, then it is important to ensure you are doing everything you can to keep your chimney in the best shape. Read below to learn more about ways to keep your flue and chimney better protected, then count on us to set you up right for the long haul. The team at Clean Sweep of Anne Arundel County is ready to help.

Minimize Creosote Accumulation

lumps of creosoteCreosote is extremely harmful to your chimney liner and brickwork. It triggers decay and deterioration, and if it builds up it can cause a clog to form, which will hinder draft and airflow. Creosote is also known to be very flammable, and if a lot of it is present in your flue and chimney, your chances of experiencing a chimney fire will increase dramatically.

Chimney fires are extremely harmful to your home structure and, when damages go unaddressed, homeowners put the safety of their family and home at increased risk. Minimize the amount of creosote that forms in your chimney by practicing the following: ensure that air can flow efficiently when fires are lit, burn only dry seasoned wood in your fireplace or wood stove, and make sure your fires are burning hot, rather than slow and cold.

Invest In Annual Sweepings & Inspections

outside view of creosote filled chimneyRegular sweepings and inspections are a must for fireplace and wood stove owners and can make all the difference when it comes to keeping your system in better health. The CSIA and National Fire Protection Association recommend investing in at least one inspection per year to allow certified professionals the opportunity to note the condition of the chimney and any safety or performance issues.

By working with a crew of certified experts like the team at Clean Sweep of Anne Arundel County, you ensure your chimney is free of excess debris and creosote. This will help your system to maintain good airflow, and it will work wonders when it comes to avoiding chimney fires and other damage.

Reduce Water Exposure

When it comes to keeping your masonry in good health, it is important to do all you can to avoid leaks and water damage. It takes no time for water to get absorbed into your brickwork and start breaking things down. This will weaken your structure significantly, and it will cause the freeze/thaw process to occur throughout the colder months. All in all, you are looking at a lot of extra stress and strain on your brickwork and mortar.

Water in your chimney also increases your chances of experiencing clogs, rot, rust, stains, mold accumulation, deterioration, and more. Why take any chances when you can avoid all of these issues with waterproofing and other preventative maintenance provided by our team? Call today to learn more.

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Our crew is trained and qualified to bring you dependable care year after year. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or to set up an appointment. We would love to help you out!