Whether you have a gas-fueled stove, a wood-burning fireplace, a prefabricated heating source, or something else, you are probably getting it ready for the cooler weather ahead. No matter what type of appliance you have, staying inside during the snow and sleet is always the best idea. However, this is not the case if your system is unfit for regular use.
A number of things can affect how well your heat source functions, which is why annual inspections are a must. Learn more about some of the risks you could encounter below, then count on our team of experts. We are NFI and CSIA certified, so you can rest easy.
The Threat of Carbon Monoxide
One threat that comes with running a dirty or damaged fireplace or stove is the possibility of carbon monoxide entering your home. Carbon monoxide is extremely dangerous and is known for causing multiple deaths every year. Unfortunately, it has no color or odor, making it virtually impossible to detect with your basic senses.
Having a professional technician look at your system once per year will reduce your risk of carbon monoxide exposure significantly, and your system will run more efficiently too. We also advise homeowners to invest in carbon monoxide detectors so they stay protected, no matter what.
Increased Risk of House Fires
Another problem with dirty chimneys is that they are more prone to experience a chimney fire, which can cause serious damage. Creosote is very flammable. The more you have in your system, the more likely it is to spread flames throughout your structure, breaking down your liner and causing all kinds of deterioration.
Once your brickwork, liner, and mortar are weakened, it won’t take long before the heat and flames from your fireplace escape into your home. Adjacent woodwork can catch on fire within a few hours when given the chance, and it won’t be long before you are facing substantial property damage. This is one case where paying for an inspection now can save you thousands down the line!
Do Your Dryer Vents Need Attention?
Like your chimney, your dryer vents need annual care, too. They should be cleaned out once a year to ensure all flammable lint and debris is removed. Neglecting this maintenance can easily lead to gas leaks, dryer fires, and property damage. If your dryer is unusually hot, taking longer than normal to dry a load of laundry, or giving off a warm, musty odor, then consider talking with our team today.
Finding a reliable chimney company shouldn’t be a big hassle, which is why we are here to help. We offer honest, upfront pricing, and we would love to help you keep your home as safe as possible for the upcoming burning season. Call today!