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3 Ways To Keep Your Chimney In Good Condition

by Wade Black

A fireplace can often be a fantastic feature for any home, but the chimney must be maintained properly in order to allow you to utilize the fireplace safely, and to keep the whole system in the best possible shape. Listed below are three ways to keep your chimney in good condition.

Utilize A Chimney Cleaning Log

One of the easiest ways to keep your chimney in good condition is to remove the creosote that builds up inside your chimney. Creosote is a combination of chemicals that are typically produced by burning wood that stick to the interior of your chimney.

Over time, the creosote buildup can get large enough that it can create a fire hazard, which could potentially burn your entire home down if it ignites. However, a chimney cleaning log is a simple piece of wood that has been treated with a chemical compound that when burned creates a type of smoke that will settle over the creosote and neutralize it. 

Hire A Chimney Sweep

Another important step to take when trying to keep your chimney in good condition is to hire a chimney sweep, such as A & A Chimney Sweep. The main reason for this is that the chimney sweep is going to be able to bring along a large number of tools that will allow him or her to remove every trace of creosote and ash from every little nook and cranny within your chimney. This will reduce any fire hazard that your chimney may represent.

In addition, a chimney sweep will also make a point to inspect your chimney during the cleaning process in order to make sure that there are no cracks in the chimney sleeve or the bricks of your chimney. This is very important as cracks in either of those two areas can result in sparks or dangerous gases making it into your house and posing a threat to you and your family. In most cases, you will want to make sure that you have a chimney sweep perform this inspection at least once a year.

Avoid Using Green Wood

Finally, in order to keep your chimney in good condition, you will want to avoid using green wood. Green wood is essentially a type of wood that has not had enough time to season properly, so it is still a bit moist and will produce a large amount of creosote whenever it is burned. Instead, make sure that you buy seasoned wood that has typically been cut, dried, and stored for at least six months as that reduces the moisture content and allows the wood to burn more safely and efficiently.

Contact a chimney cleaning service today in order to discuss what they would have you do in order to keep your chimney in good condition and to schedule an inspection of your chimney. You will want to utilize a chimney cleaning log, hire a chimney sweep, and avoid using green wood if you want to keep your chimney in the best possible condition for many years to come.