Nothing can be more enjoyable than sitting on a couch, beside a fireplace and reading your favorite book during the winter. Fireplaces are meant to create a comfortable atmosphere during the winter months. Now, if you want to enjoy the warmth of the fireplace with complete peace of mind, make sure you take care of your chimney with the help of professional chimney sweeping and repair experts.
Bob Davis Chimney has been providing chimney inspection and chimney sweeping services for more than three decades. To keep your chimney safe, you can give them a call anytime. Also, make sure you follow the below-mentioned tips in order to use your fireplace safely in winter.
It’s All About Choosing the Right Fuel
Tip 1: Avoid Using Combustible Liquid
It may take some time to start a fire in the fireplace. You might be impatient about it. What you want to do is to start the fire within a short amount of time. But we would say to be patient about it and go for slow fire. Don’t use combustible liquids like kerosene, gasoline, or other chemical starters since they are risky to use and can cause a fire to burn out of control.
Tip 2: Don’t Use Damp, Diseased, Moldy, or Rotten Wood
Rotten and wet wood smolders, and this often causes creosote buildup. You might know how creosote fumes cause coughing and many other health issues. To reduce this risk, make sure that you use dry wood. Seasoned firewood or dry wood produces less smoke when it is burned. This will make sure there will be less risk for creosote buildup.
Chimney Care Is No Less Important
Tip 3: Inspect Chimney Routinely
It is necessary to inspect your chimney routinely with the help of professionals. By doing this, you will know whether your fireplace and chimney are okay. Let Bob Davis Chimney inspect your entire chimney, including the liners, chimney exterior, smoke chamber, and firebox. They will let you know whether your fireplace is safe to use.
Tip 4: Clear the Ashes and Sweep Chimney
Before stacking fresh wood and starting the fire, do not forget to clean all the ashes properly. Just vacuum or sweep the cold ashes and remove them from the fireplace. Once you clear the place, you can stack new seasoned firewood and start the fire.
Chimney sweeping is a crucial step of fireplace maintenance. According to professionals, chimney systems should be cleaned once or twice a year. However, how frequently chimneys should be cleaned depends on the type of wood you use.
Tip 5: Look for Chimney Cracks
Before the winter arrives and you start using the fireplace regularly, check your chimney for cracks, missing mortar, or lose bricks. Professionals can carry out this task in the best possible way. In case they find any crack, let them fix it as soon as possible.
Tip 6: Cap Your Chimney
Chimney caps prevent water damage to your chimney and can prevent animals from entering your chimney. When you cap your chimney properly, you can expect that carbon monoxide will not enter your home from the chimney.
Some Other Tips to Consider
Tip 7: Use Proper Tools
When using the fireplace, don’t use your hands to handle the burning logs, even if it seems risk-free. Rather, use the right tools and handle the burning wood safely.
Tip 8: Extinguish the Fire Before You Sleep
Maybe you are quite tired and thinking about going to bed soon. But, no matter how tired you are, do not go to sleep before putting out the fire in the fireplace. You should never leave the fireplace alone until the fire is extinguished completely. You can close the damper when there is no fire. This way, you will prevent carbon monoxide buildup.
Tip 9: Pay Attention to Maintenance
Take fireplace and chimney maintenance seriously. The skilled professionals from Bob Davis Chimney can help you with regular chimney maintenance. Whether it is about inspecting chimneys or sweeping and repairing, trained chimney sweepers are there to keep your fireplace safe throughout the year.
Tip 10: Keep Children and Pets Away from the Chimney
When using your fireplace, do not leave your little kids or pets alone with the fire. Keep them away from the fireplace to avoid any unwanted accidents.
Unfortunately, chimney fires from creosote buildup are pretty common these days. But, when you take proper care of your chimney and fireplace with the help of professionals like Bob Davis Chimney, you are likely to stay safe. Inspect your chimney regularly, clean it routinely and stay safe with your family.
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Bob, Thank you so much for working out your schedule. :)
Thank you for the good work.
Thank you, Bob, for making your schedule work to get Stephanie's chimney repair finished while I was in Charlotte. What a super trio of guys you three are! Thanks again.
Hello Bob, Thank you so much for a very helpful consultation! Brian and I enjoyed learning about our fireplace and out options. We appreciate your thorough inspection and sharing of you knowledge! Take care.
We purchased our home in Belmont and it had a very nice wood burning fireplace that needed some work. I called several other companies but once I spoke to Bob I could tell he had many years of experience and knew exactly how to advise me. He let me ask as many questions as I wanted and explained the work that needed to be done. The project was completed in the time-frame he said and within the estimated price he provided. I would recommend him to anyone I know.
When I called [Bob] it was obvious he has many years or experience with Fireplaces and Chimneys. I like that he took the time to answer the questions and to explain the situation and options I needed for my fireplace. I called three other companies before him and each one gave misinformation and didn't want to take the time to explain and teach me so I could make an educated decision. Instead they just wanted to sell me something I didn't need. I never knew there were so many intricacies to the business but now know exactly who to call to get my questions answered and get the best service at a fair price! I'm so lucky I found him before choosing one of the other guys.
Called Bob and he was able to come out in 2 days. He showed up on time and was very professional (even letting me know when he was 30 minutes out). He looked at the fireplace and made the recommendation for repair with some estimated pricing. So right there on the spot he helped me walked through the decision process on what would fix the issue. I was VERY happy with his knowledge and felt like I could trust him to give me the right advice and not just try to sell me something. Thanks Bob!