One of the most common, and unfortunately dangerous, misconceptions about fireplaces is that they do not need to be maintained. Fireplaces and their corresponding chimneys or flues are typically made of sturdy material, and therefore their construction can stand up for a long time—perhaps giving off an illusion that they are indestructible.
However, this is a hazardous mistake to make. Fireplaces must be serviced on an annual basis to ensure that they consume fuel and vent as they should, and to also avoid the possible fire-related dangers. Make sure you rely on a team of professionals who are highly trained and experienced in this type of maintenance work, such as the members of our staff. In the meantime, read on to learn more about the importance of routine fireplace maintenance service.
Routine Fireplace Maintenance
The basic function of your fireplace is to funnel combustion gasses away from the interior of your home and into the outside air. Whether you have a vented fireplace or an unvented system, without regular care the fireplace cannot effectively perform this job.
One section of your fireplace in particular that needs regular care is the damper. This is the component that opens and closes the fireplace to the flue. If the damper is rusted or stuck, it can become a significant danger to your household, and make your fireplace essentially inoperable.
Creosote is another problem—the unburned wood energy that begins to coat a fireplace over time. Creosote is a shiny, tar-like black substance and is highly combustible—leading to serious safety concerns.
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that you have an inspection done from a certified technician at least once a year. This ensures that your fireplace is venting safely and not presenting a danger to your home.
To schedule your Roy, UT fireplace maintenance, contact Rentmeister Total Home Service today!