One of the best parts about living in the Charlotte area is the fact that we have four true seasons. Of course, summer can be hotter than we’d like and those cold winter days can become dreary, but those days never last too long. If you are fortunate enough to have a fireplace, using it can provide a source of warmth and comfort. However, as with anything of value, it must be taken care of. This is where Sky HVAC comes in. You probably can guess that we are capable of handling your air conditioning and heating needs, but we also can provide chimney inspection and chimney sweep services!
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The Importance of Chimney Maintenance
If you’ve just moved into a new home or it’s been a while since you’ve used your fireplace, always call for an inspection before lighting that holiday fire. A chimney can be an ideal place for pests to live (and possibly die) and for fall leaves to accumulate. Blockages like these can fill your home with carbon monoxide and you might not know it until it is too late. Aside from these issues, an annual chimney inspection can fulfill home insurance requirements in order to cover damage in the event of a fire. A clean chimney and flue will enable you to spot early signs of damage from weather, high temperatures, or age. Taking care of these problems before they worsen can keep needed repairs from becoming too costly.
What is Creosote?
A chimney that is left unmaintained is a hazard to your life. This isn’t a joke, or an over exaggeration. Creosote is a chemical compound that forms when wood is burned. Here is a breakdown of what else you should know:
- This compound is highly flammable and easily ignitable–a single spark can do the trick
- Large buildups of creosote will burn for long periods of time and at temperatures of 3000 degrees or higher
- If your chimney does happen to catch fire due to creosote buildup, the best case scenario will be expensive repairs.
- Creosote is almost impossible to remove without professional-grade cleaners
- All wood produces creosote when burned, with softwoods and unseasoned woods creating the most of the compound
It is completely possible to have a chimney fire and be unaware of it. These fires are very often caused by the ignition of creosote and sometimes are relatively unnoticeable. You may hear popping noises or a low, rumbling sound and you might ignore it, not realizing what it is. However, continuing to use a fireplace after a chimney fire does present a real hazard and will only be detected through a thorough inspection.
Chimney Cleaners and Inspectors
Luckily, your favorite air conditioner repair company also performs chimney cleaning and inspection! Sky HVAC can ensure that your chimney is in top condition and be sure to rid your flue of creosote. Of course, when we clean, you don’t have to. We wear shoe covers and lay down drop cloths so there is no mess left for you.
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