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Chimney Sweeping from Chimspector Venting Specialists

By: Chimspector Venting Specialists  09/22/2016
Keywords: Dryer Vent Cleaning, Chimney Cleaning, Chimney Sweep

How often should I have my chimney or furnace flues cleaned? The answer to this question depends on what kind of fuel is being used. It also depends on a few other factors: the age of your home, the condition of your chimney, and the weather - the more mild winter, the more problems you may experience. Typically if wood is being used, it is a good idea to have the chimney cleaned at least once every 6-12 months, but more often if green wood or two or more cords of wood are being burned. Oil flues require inspection and cleansing every year to avoid any blockages within the chimney, especially if there are any ventilation problems. A chimney can have serious problems with soot if there are any issues with the furnace or boiler. As many know, natural gas is considered to be a clean burning fuel, some modern high-efficiency gas furnaces can generate problems. These gas furnaces produce cooler fumes which produce high levels of water vapor leading to water condensation. Hydrochloric acid can also occur when these water vapors contain chlorides and combine with house-supplied combustion air. Flue deterioration is more likely to occur when the hydrochloric acid infused vapor condensates from these modern natural gas furnaces than in older models. It is very important to check the vent in chimneys that use this system at least once every year. Keeping up with the maintenance of your chimney and ventilation system is seriously important when it comes to preserving your home and protecting the health and safety of your family. An annual cleaning of your chimney and vent system removes flammable buildup and blockages, as well as alerting the homeowner to any repairs that need to be made in the chimney and/or vent system. Within the inner surfaces of the chimney flue liner can be a highly flammable residue, called creosote, which is brown or black in color. If it is given the opportunity to build up, creosote can combust and spread to other flammable materials in your home, such as nearby wood framing. It can even cause cracks in flue liners made of ‘fireproof’ brick, stone, or clay. Failure to have an annual cleaning of a dirty chimney is a leading cause of many house fires every year. Our suggestion to you is to have your chimney inspected and cleaned when the cold winter months have passed, when you are no longer utilizing your chimney regularly. This will allow you plenty of time to schedule any repairs that need to be made to the chimney before the next cold season begins.

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