During the winter months, your fireplace and chimney work together to warm your home in a cost-effective manner. With most households only using their fireplace a few months out of the year, it’s easy to forget or to assume that your fireplace and chimney doesn’t have to be maintained from year to year. If you fail to maintain your chimney, you could be placing you and your family in a lot of danger. Without proper maintenance, any of the following scenarios can happen:
You Could Experience a Chimney Fire
During the process of burning a fire, your fireplace creates creosote. Creosote is the tar that sticks to the flue of your chimney as a result of burning wood. Over time, the creosote in your chimney can become combustible, allowing it to reignite later. If this happens, other combustible components of your chimney can ignite and threaten your home.
You Could Be Poisoned by Carbon Monoxide
Everyone understands the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning when it comes to their cars. However, few people understand that they can get carbon monoxide poisoning in their home by their fireplace and chimney. The best way to prevent this from happening is to ensure that your chimney is inspected to ensure it is working properly. If the gases emitted from the fire don’t leave via your chimney, they could get back into your home. Unfortunately, carbon monoxide isn’t recognizable, and your family could be inhaling carbon monoxide without realizing it.
At The Construction Group, we are happy to inspect your chimney to ensure it’s working as it should. If you haven’t had your fireplace and chimney inspected in a few years, then you should take the time to get your chimney inspected to ensure the safety of your family during the winter months.