Thanksgiving is approaching, and with it, we also get cooler weather. This is the time of the year when homeowners begin to think about their fireplaces. As families begin to decorate for the holidays, plan holiday photos, and look for ways to save money, your fireplace comes to mind! However, your fireplace will not work properly unless you have it properly maintained and inspected by the professionals.

Dirty Chimneys are Dangerous

sweep cleaning the chimneyYour chimney should be cleaned regularly and inspected annually. In fact, it’s required by federal, state, and local fire codes as well as homeowners insurance and associations. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), a dirty chimney can cause a flue fire. This can lead to property damage, injury, and even death. Dirty chimneys also lead to unwelcoming odors in your fireplace and home when your fireplace is not in use. It can also cause smoky drafty issues. Nothing dampen the holiday spirit like stinky odors and unsafe conditions, and our professionals are here to help!

Clean Chimneys

Clean chimneys work better because the air flows more efficiently. When your chimney not cleaned regularly, soot and creosote build up in the interior of the flue. This causes clog in the working parts of your chimney such as the damper, which slows air flow and leads to fire hazards and gas leaks. Carbon monoxide poisoning can present as flu symptoms, causing family members to be misdiagnosed this season.

CSIA Inspections

At Northwest Fireplace and Chimney, we inspect chimneys during a chimney sweep. During a standard chimney inspection, a certified technician is able to assess the soundness of the system. We do this by assessing all the readily accessible portions of the interior and exterior, including connections and appliance installations. If there is a hazard or damage, we will detect it. Once the inspection and sweep are complete, you can rest assured that the system is safe for use and more efficient all winter long. Your home will feel warmer, and your fireplace will look cleaner and more beautiful this Thanksgiving.

For any of your chimney needs, call Northwest Fireplace and Chimney today at 219-413-2349 or schedule online. We can help you supplement heat, conserve fuel, and have the most decorative and beautiful focal point in your home this holiday season!