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New Year’s Resolution: Clean Chimney

The beginning of a new year usually propels people to action. The action usually manifests itself in losing weight, being more active, or seeing the world. Another good New Year’s resolution is home maintenance. Many vow to finish half-done projects or reduce clutter, but maintaining a chimney is another good resolution to keep. It is critical for the wellbeing of your home and family to have a CSIA Certified chimney professional clean and inspect your chimney every year. Homeowners can neglect this seemingly annoying and unimportant task, but doing so can lead to grave outcomes. Chimney sweep professionals, like those at Bulldog Chimney Sweeps, will clean and inspect your chimney to make sure you and your home are protected.

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In 2012, there were 21,200 fires caused by fireplaces, chimneys, and chimney connectors in the United States. An annual cleaning and inspection by a Certified sweep could have prevented a large number of these fires. Many people believe that if you don’t burn wood in your chimney then you don’t need to get your chimney swept, but this isn’t the case. Regardless of if your heating equipment burns wood, gas, oil, or coal you should have your equipment inspected and cleaned annually. Also, debris and animals can enter from the top of your chimney, creating blockages that cause creosote to build up inside of your chimney faster. This is why it is important to have your chimney inspected at least once a year. Both the CSIA and the National Fire Protection Association recommend yearly chimney inspections to help prevent these hazards.

Benefits of Having Your Chimney Cleaned and Inspected in January

There are several benefits of having your chimney cleaned and inspected early in the year. For one, many homeowners either have their chimneys serviced in the spring after the burning season, or in the fall before the season begins. Having your chimney cleaned and inspected in January means you won’t have any trouble getting an appointment and companies will have more flexibility in scheduling to meet your needs. Another reason to have your chimney serviced in January is that it provides a sort of midwinter checkup. Many homeowners have their chimneys cleaned and inspected in the Fall and believe their chimney is safe for use through the winter. However, the difficult weather that is brought on by winter can cause your chimney to become unsafe without you knowing. Precipitation and freezing temperatures can cause cause cracks in the masonry and with snow covering the chimney, you might not be able to spot these structural dangers. Getting your chimney cleaned and inspected early in the year is a good way to make sure your chimney is safe for use through the rest of the winter.

Having your chimney inspected by a CSIA Certified sweep has too many benefits to ignore. Start the New Year off right by making sure your chimney is safe and functioning properly. If you have already had your chimney inspected, but think it might be malfunctioning or just want to be extra safe, give us a call! We would be happy to come out and take a look.