When is the best time to get my chimney cleaned?
It is normally recommended to get your chimney professionally cleaned and inspected at least once per year. The more opportunity there is for creosote to build up, the more often the chimney should be cleaned, as this substance is highly flammable. Also, many animals see chimneys as the perfect spot to build homes. If nests and leaves are causing blockages, your chimney will not function properly and you will be faced with a lot of issues.
The best time of year to schedule an inspection is usually during the fall season, right before the cold weather kicks. Your fireplace will likely be put to more use throughout the winter months, so you will want to ensure that everything is functioning appropriately. That way, you enjoy your fireplace to the fullest knowing your home and family are safe.
Do chimney cleaning logs work?
While chimney cleaning logs are not discouraged to use in the fireplace, they should never replace a professional cleaning. They work well to break down the creosote in your chimney and slow down the accumulation of it, but do nothing as far as removing it. In order to ensure that your chimney is safe for use, your best bet is always to call in a professional to do a full inspection.
Do I need to get my chimney cleaned if I heat with gas?
Many people feel that only the traditional, wood-burning fireplaces need regular inspections. It is true that gas burns a lot cleaner than wood, so the amount of build-up is decreased dramatically. That being said, cleanings are still necessary. Blockages can still form from nests and other debris, and you will want a regular inspection to ensure all parts are running as they should be.
How can I tell if wood is properly seasoned?
Properly seasoned wood will contain a lot less moisture than freshly cut wood, making it burn much more efficiently. This is important in keeping the amount of creosote build-up in check, and it will make building and maintaining fires a much easier task. Properly seasoned wood has certain characteristics, making it fairly easy to spot. The ends will likely be darker and split. It will also be lighter weight and will making a clear, clunking noise when beat together.
What can I do to reduce nasty odors in my fireplace?
Creosote tends to be the culprit behind these odors, so a cleaning is the best option for getting rid of that unpleasant smell. If that still does not do the trick, there are deodorizers made specifically for chimneys that work well in eliminating odors. Home remedies work, as well, such as baking soda or kitty litter. Otherwise, have your chimney sweep completely inspect your chimney to ensure that all airways are sealed appropriately, when not in use. A properly installed damper will work well to keep air out, helping to minimize that smell.
For all your chimney and fireplace needs in Montgomery County, PA, give Wells and Sons Chimney Service a call. We’re the local source for professional and certified chimney sweeping and repair services for both your home and commercial business. Call (610) 473-6000 or start the schedule process now.