As long time chimney maintenance experts, Harbor Arbor regularly visits home and businesses to conduct chimney inspections and provides practical chimney safety tips as part of our licensed chimney inspection services. One of the most common chimney myths we encounter is the belief that if a fireplace has not been used much, a chimney leaning or licensed chimney inspection may not be necessary. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our experienced chimney sweeps have surprised many customers with our discovery of a significant amount of the hardened gummy like substance following a licensed fireplace inspection.
Highly flammable and a fire hazard when left to accumulate, creosote forms as a sticky deposit once gases from fires have cooled and air temperatures are not enough to carry the particles up and out from the chimney which can eventually lead to a serious chimney fires. Harbor Arbor takes fire prevention and chimney safety seriously. Following are some of the chimney safety tips our chimney experts recommend:
When cleaning fireplace ashes, be sure to wait a full 24 to 48 hours since your last fire to ensure they are completely cool. Sweep up the ashes into a metal container. Once ashes have been discarded, you can clean your fireplace with a mild soap and water top get rid of soot stains and inspect for any cracks or damage to brick and mortar at the same time.
It is important to ensure that your chimney is professionally inspected at least once a year. Harbor Arbor is certified to inspect your fuel burning heating system and are specially equipped to clean your chimney and fireplace according to industry regulations.