Most people think that a fireplace is very romantic or makes for a cozy evening at home with friends and family. One thing that most of us don’t think about is proper care for fireplaces and chimney’s. If you remember the movie “Mary Poppins,” the character played by Dick Van Dyke was a chimney sweep. During the days when coal furnaces were a primary way to heat homes, keeping the chimney clean was very important to insure you didn’t coal soot all over your home. Professional chimney cleaning was essential to maintain clean, safe operation. The same can be said for fireplace, whether you burn would, have gas furnace installed or use alternative fuels proper professional maintenance is essential.
We bought a house that had a gas burner installed in the fireplace. It was very cozy when we would use it. but we learned the hard way that the previous owners really did take care of it. We saw soot build up in the house which indicates. My immediate thought that something must be wrong with the flue or damper. it turned out that the problem was a bit bigger than that. The flue was sound, however the crown was damaged, teh damper was inoperative and was not allowing smoke to vent properly. As a matter of fact, the smoke was coming back into the house. Unfortunately, we ceased using the fireplace until we could get it repaired.
I think most of us really don’t realize how a chimney works or what the various parts are for. For instance, a flue is basically a duck or shaft for venting gas. In a chimney an unlined or damaged flue lining can be a fire hazard. Also having a non working or damaged damper can cause these exhaust gasses and or soot to flow back into the house, this can be a health hazard and well as causing smoke damage and stains to your home and possessions. What a mess we had to clean up after not realizing the damper on our fireplace was not working properly. We had to scrub then repaint the walls in the room where the fireplaces is located. I am glad that we did not have any health issues because of my failure to be more diligent in having the fireplace and chimney checked out by a professional before using it.
In the end this ended up costing us more money than it should have because we used the fireplace before having it serviced. The additional cost do to repainting and cleaning could have been avoided.
Finding quality, dependable fireplace and chimney cleaning in Phoenix cleaning in Phoenix area is no harder than checking out the link provided. I learned my lesson the hard way by not taking the time to have our chimney checked out. After buying the house, the first thing I should have done before using the fireplace was to call a professional to make sure everything was in working condition and it was clean.
Think of all the various vents you have in your home. We have central heating and air conditioning. We have our ducts cleaned periodically to reduce dust and make sure there are on blockages. We have noticed that our furnace/air conditioner work better with clean ducts. The same can be said for our clothes dryer. Making sure the dryer exhaust duct/line is cleaned routinely can extend the life of your dryer.
Find the right professional to service your fireplace and make sure your vents and ducts are clean can go a long way to improve the quality of your life. Whether we want to believe it or not, the appliance in our home, especially things like improperly working fireplace, furnaces and dirty ducts are a source for indoor pollutants. Making sure they are clean and in good operating condition can go a long way to help us maintain our health and improve our quality of life.