Every year, homes are devastated by chimney fires, and according to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), the leading cause of these fires can be greatly reduced by an annual chimney sweeping. What exactly causes these chimney fires? Is my chimney in danger of a chimney fire? What can I do to keep my family safe from chimney fires? If you live in the Charleston area, Ashbusters can answer these questions. As the area’s premier chimney company, we have been providing annual professional chimney maintenance services for years. After one of our expert CSIA-certified chimney sweeps has completed his service, your risk of a chimney fire will be greatly lowered. To make sure you get your sweep in before it gets too cold outside, we recommend that you contact us today to schedule your annual professional chimney maintenance service appointment. We would like to tell you more about why it is so important to have your chimney swept every year and what you can expect from our services.
Why should I have my chimney swept every year?
When you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove, creosote is a fact of life. A natural compound that forms during the combustion process, creosote, sticks to the sides of the chimney walls and can build up into large deposits, which can block the exhaust gases from exiting the flue. Over the winter, quite a bit of creosote accumulates inside a chimney, and the only way to get it out is to have the chimney professionally swept. Not only does creosote smell strong and acrid, it is also highly flammable. This is why it is one of the leading causes of chimney fires. After Ashbusters sweeps your chimney, your home will be safer from the dangerous risk of chimney fire.
What can I expect from a professional chimney at Ashbusters?
When one of our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps arrives at your home, he begins with laying down tarps around the hearth area to protect your home from getting dirty during the appointment. He will use brushes on rods to scrub the creosote off the walls of the chimney. After the chimney has been swept, he will then inspect the interior and the exterior of the structure to make sure there is no damage or other problems that could make the chimney not work safely and efficiently. If anything wrong is found, you will be given an honest written estimate of the repairs needed to make it safe again.
Don’t hesitate to contact us at Ashbusters to schedule your annual professional chimney sweeping. Our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps will make sure to get your chimney prepared for the winter season.