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Is Your Chimney Ready For Winter Season?


With winter just around the corner, this is the perfect time to get your chimney inspected to make sure it’s ready for the entire season. It may seem like a simple task, but there are many things that need to be professionally checked.

Cleaning and sweeping the chimney is just the beginning. There are many other things that need to be inspected to make sure your chimney is functional and safe. The Flue has to be checked to make sure it’s not cracked or spalled. Another important thing to check for is Creosote accumulation, which can decrease the diameter of the flue, lowering the flow and causing smoke problems. Creosote is also highly combustible, and could cause a chimney fire.

Bird nests and other things blocking your chimney, are an important thing to check for. If that is the case, then they have to be removed, and a protective damper and cap have to be installed.

This and other elements of your chimney have to be inspected by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep Professional. So don’t let another minutes pass by. Contact Weststar Chimney Sweeps, and we’ll help you make sure that your chimney is ready and safe for the whole family to enjoy.

By Mike O'Mara on July 18th, 2013 | Tagged with: | Leave a Comment

How To Minimize In-Home Smoke Problems

Due to modern homes being built air tight and weather-proofing sealing up the usual air infiltration routes, this is making smoke problems quite a common issue.

A fireplace in use has the tendency to exhausts household air until a negative pressure situation exists. If your home is moderately air tight, the easiest route for makeup air to enter the home is often your unused fireplace chimney.

Eliminate Your Smoke Problem And Potential For Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

While air is drawn down the unused flue, it will pick up smoke that is exiting nearby from a fireplace in use and will deliver the smoke to your living area. The best solution to your smoke problems is to provide makeup air into your house so that the negative pressure problem cease to exists. This will eliminate not only your smoke problem, but also the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning due to carbon monoxide being drawn back down the furnace chimney.

By Mike O'Mara on July 18th, 2013 | Tagged with: | Leave a Comment