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Do I Really Need Professional Fireplace Cleaning?

Posted on: February 8, 2016

Homeowners who have a fireplace in one (or more) of the rooms in their house understand the value of a roaring hearth and the luxury that it brings to their lives, especially during the winter season. Although people no longer depend on a fireplace as a sole source of warmth during the cold months, it’s still a pleasant source of comfort and makes for a wonderful family gathering place.

A fireplace needs regular care, however, just as much as any furnace or other home heating system. An important service that any fireplace requires is routine cleaning from professionals.

The reason this is necessary

The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that you schedule a professional cleaning once a year. This is about more than making just making the fireplace look attractive—although it’s definitely worth having regular professional cleaning for this reason alone! Fireplace cleaning is principally concerned with keeping the hearth and the rest of the house safe.

You might not realize it, but the build-up that fires create in a fireplace is not simply unpleasant-looking; it can be potentially dangerous. The main issue is creosote, which is the black and tarry substance that accrues around a fireplace throughout a season of use. Creosote is essentially unburned wood energy that’s a residue from a fire. It is highly combustible, and if left to accumulate can trigger fires outside of the fireplace that will ignite building material. Professional cleaning removes creosote at a deep level and reduce the chance of the fireplace become hazardous.

Fireplace cleaning also removes obstructions that can lead to inferior venting. A professional will see that the firebox can easily combust fuel, the damper cleaned, and the flue clear. All of these are important to make certain that the fireplace not only operates safely, but efficiently and beautifully.

Contact Bud Matthews Services in Durham, NC today to arrange for professional fireplace cleaning and other fireplace services.

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