Our Company Blog

Prevent Chimney Fires With A Chimney Sweeping

As the saying goes, clean chimneys don’t catch fire. That’s why it’s so important that you have your chimney swept and inspected by a CSIA-certified chimney sweep! Here’s what you need to know about preventing chimney fires with a chimney sweeping.

Prevent Chimney Fires Image - Indianapolis IN - Your Chimney SweepWhy a dirty chimney is a dangerous chimney!

Every time you burn a fire in your fireplace, the smoke traveling up the chimney cools. It then forms condensation on the walls of your flue. That condensation hardens into creosote, which is incredibly flammable. If your chimney has a buildup of creosote, that creosote will ignite. If you’re lucky, your chimney will do its job and contain the fire. However, that fire could spread from the chimney to your home structure, damaging or destroying your home and endangering your family!

How a chimney sweeping can stop a chimney fire.

For the average homeowner, the creosote within your chimney will not build up to dangerous levels during the usual fire-burning season. Why should you have your chimney swept once a year? The high-powered rotating brushes used by your chimney sweep remove the creosote buildup from within your chimney, before it becomes thick enough to pose a fire hazard. Do you use your wood-burning fireplace or heating stove as a regular heat source? If so, you may need to have your chimney swept more than once per year; your chimney sweep should be able to help you judge how often to have your chimney swept.

There’s another important component of your annual chimney sweeping that helps to keep your home safe from a fire: the chimney inspection. Many chimney fires go undetected. This means that an unknown chimney fire can cause damage to your chimney’s structure. Even just from age and wear, your chimney’s lining can break down and fail to protect your home from the heat of your fireplace. Your chimney inspection ensures that your chimney doesn’t have damage or deterioration. Damage that would allow the heat or flames from your fireplace to reach your home’s surrounding structure and cause a fire!

Keep your home safe by scheduling your chimney sweeping today!

Fall is here, and that means homeowners will be lighting their first fires of the season any day. Before you use your fireplace this season, be sure to keep your home and family safe from the dangers of a chimney fire. Have your chimney cleared of dangerous, fire-causing creosote. Also, don’t forget an inspection to make sure it is in sound condition. To schedule your sweeping and inspection, call Your Chimney Sweep today! Our certified chimney sweeps will make sure that you are ready to safely enjoy your fireplace all winter long!

 

By Joe Sauter on September 7th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

The Importance Of Waterproofing Your Chimney

Nothing damages a chimney like water. Since chimneys get little protection from the elements, chimneys are subjected to a seemingly endless barrage of water. Due to rainstorms, snowstorms, sleet and ice. The best way to protect your chimney structure from water is with chimney waterproofing.

The Importance Of Waterproofing Your Chimney Image - Indianapolis IN - Your Chimney SweepHow water damages your chimney:

The masonry materials that are used to construct chimneys are highly porous. That means every time water comes into contact with your chimney’s masonry — from the chimney’s bricks and mortar to the masonry chimney crown — the chimney is absorbing that moisture. When temperatures drop, the water freezes and expands, damaging the chimney’s masonry. From there, a cycle of chimney deterioration begins: The weakened masonry lets more water in, and the water causes more and more damage. Water penetrating the chimney leads to crumbling mortar, spalling bricks, damaged flue tiles and an overall weakening of the chimney structure. Water making its way in through the chimney also can cause metal chimney and fireplace components to rust and your home’s structure to rot or mold.

How waterproofing can protect your chimney:

The best way to protect your chimney and your home from water damage is with chimney waterproofing. Waterproofing involves applying a specialized solution to the chimney’s exterior masonry. The solution prevents the masonry from absorbing moisture while still allowing the chimney to “breathe” and exhaust the gases and water that are byproducts of a wood-burning fireplace.

Why you should have your chimney waterproofed now:

Chimney water damage can be an expensive proposition. Cracked or crumbling masonry needs to be replaced or repaired as soon as possible. Water damage can compromise the entire chimney structure, meaning that if it’s not addressed, you could be left looking at having your chimney demolished and rebuilt. Having your chimney waterproofed prevents water damage before it starts. That can save you from making major, expensive masonry repairs down the road. And with cold, wet winter weather on the way, now is the best time to have your chimney waterproofed.

Where to find chimney waterproofing services:

If you want to make sure that your chimney is protected from water and the damaging freeze-thaw cycle, call Your Chimney Sweep to schedule your chimney waterproofing today! At Your Chimney Sweep, we rely on Chimney Saver Solution to protect chimneys from water damage. Chimney Saver Solution is the industry’s preferred waterproofing product. It protects your chimney entirely from water intruding while still allowing vapor from your fireplace to evaporate away. It also protects your chimney without altering the look of the masonry whatsoever. Don’t wait to take action until your chimney is showing signs of water damage; call now to have your chimney waterproofed with Chimney Saver Solution from Your Chimney Sweep!