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Fireplaces provide comfort to you and your family during cold nights. In order for the fireplace to remain reliable, they need to be maintained. If no cleaning or maintenance is done on a chimney, the more chances that it will cause a chimney fire.
Chimney fires are dangerous and loud. Witnesses of chimney fires describe rattling noises like the sound of shaking pipes. Neighbors would see a pillar of black smoke. Chimney fires can also run silent and when they do, it might be too late before anyone notices the flames licking the inside of homes.
Keeping the fireplace is all about preventing the buildup of creosote. Moisture, unburned bits of wood, tar fog, smoke all combine together in the cooler parts of the flue and become creosote. Creosote looks like black or brown residue. They can be wet and sticky or dry. Though they come from pre-burned materials, they are highly combustible and serve as fuel for chimney fires.
Make sure your firewood rack is at least 30 feet from your house. Check your ventilation system for blockage and put a mesh around your chimney to guard it from sparks. Double check that the vent pipes follow the recommended measurement. They should be 3 feet beyond the level of your roof.
Remember that chimney fires are dangerous. Statistics show that there are at least 25,000 incidents of chimney fire in the United States per year. These fires cause over 125 million in damages. The loss of lives cannot be calculated. If a chimney fire happens inside your home, secure your family and friends and lead them outside. Call 911 immediately.In cases of fire and smoke damage brought on by a chimney fire, you only need to call Niki Francis and we will remove smoke and soot residue, clean your house and restore it. You can get in touch with us at 610-525-5001.