Aardvark Newsletter No. 10
Inside this issue:
Clean Fireplace Helps Keep Holidays Safe
It’s about time to get your chimney and fireplace ready for Santa with a thorough cleaning. Emptying the ashes after a fire isn’t enough.
It’s important to remove what you can’t see: the creosote, soot, ashes, dust, leaves and even birds that are stuck in the flue and chimney.
Why bother? When smoke from your fireplace goes up the chimney, some of it condenses into soot and tar in the flue, which is the chimney’s inner surface.
That creosote builds up over time, and it’s highly flammable. If it catches on fire, it will get so hot so fast that it can burn your house down before help can get to you. Even small, contained chimney fires can crack your flue and chimney, which are supposed to draw smoke and dangerous gases away from the burning fire and out of your home. Cracks can leak—sending that stuff back indoors.
During the inspection, the Aardvark chimney professional will look for cracks in the masonry, damaged dampers, worn-out chimney caps and other problems—and fix them.
Have your chimney inspected once a year, and the inspector can tell you if it needs to be cleaned more often. That usually depends on how often you build fires in the fireplace.
Between inspections, you can check the outside of the chimney for cracks, which are usually stained by smoke so they’re easy to spot. And install carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms on every floor of your home.
Here are a few tips for safety using your wood fireplace during the holidays:
We hope this information helps everyone prepare for the holidays. Get those chimneys inspected and cleaned and from all of us here at Aardvark ….. Happy Thanksgiving.