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Do I Really Need An Inspection Every Year?

Chimney Inspections Yearly Image - San Diego CA - Weststar Chimney SweepsChimney maintenance can be a tedious task. Between cleanings, hauling fuel around, and worrying about repairs, your fireplace can wind up taking a lot of your time and money. Most people feel the extra effort is well worth it when they are seated around a warm flame with their friends and family. Yet, many still find themselves wondering if certain jobs are really necessary.

Hiring an expert for a regular check-up is one area where skimping is not an option. Whether you burn wood, gas, oil, or something else, a yearly inspection is always something to put on your Fall to-do list.

There are countless factors that could cause a chimney to malfunction, all of which put your home and family at an increased risk. By calling in a CSIA-certified professional, you can rest easy during this upcoming holiday season knowing your fireplace is safe and ready for regular use.

Avoiding Dangerous Toxins

One thing inspections help prevent is the risk of smoke and other hazardous gases entering the home. If debris and excess residue builds up, it makes it difficult for the fireplace to vent properly. With nowhere else to go, these fumes will work their way back through the chimney and into your living room. Not only does this cause nasty odors and potential damage to furniture, it could put your family’s health at risk, as well.

Preventing Potential Fires

The potential for house fires increases as your chimney gets dirtier. If your chimney is in need of repair, you should definitely wait to light any fires until a chimney sweep gives you the okay. A professional knows where to look and how to address any possible issues. They can also offer guidance as far as preventing damage from occurring down the line.

A build-up of creosote and other debris is another common cause of fires. Creosote is highly flammable, so you do not want to put your fireplace to use if you know a cleaning is in order. Also, bird’s nest, leaves, twigs, and countless other items accumulate quickly when your chimney is not being used as frequently. Getting someone in to clean that stuff out will allow you the ability to relax and enjoy your fireplace to the fullest.

Turn To Us

At Weststar Chimney Sweeps, we know that a fireplace can become the focal point of anyone’s home. It is the favored spot during family get-togethers, and a night in with loved ones is made perfect when you set the scene with a crackling fire.

Don’t let a dirty chimney ruin your upcoming holiday season. The experts at Weststar Chimney Sweeps are all CSIA trained and certified, so you know your fireplace is in the best hands possible when you depend on us. Give us a call today to schedule your annual inspection.

By Mike O'Mara on November 8th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Why You Need an Annual Chimney Inspection

Annual Chimney Inspection Image - San Diego CA - Weststar Chimney SweepsFall is quickly approaching, bringing crisp weather along with it. For many, this means a period of more frequent fireplace use is ahead. If you are hoping to utilize your fireplace more throughout the upcoming months, then it is time to schedule your annual inspection and cleaning.

Regular fireplace and chimney maintenance is vital in ensuring that your home and family stays safe year round. Check out a few reasons why scheduling that yearly inspection is so important.

Preventing Fire

The more dirt, debris, creosote, and other build-up that occurs within a chimney, the greater your chances are of experiencing a chimney fire. Creosote is known for being highly flammable and twigs, leaves, and other nesting materials brought in by animals will easily ignite when given the opportunity.

A fire will not only damage your masonry and other various parts of your chimney, but can affect the overall structural soundness of your home, as well. On top of this, you put your entire home and family at further risk of harm when the chances of fire are heightened. Reduce this threat by hiring a professional to thoroughly clean every nook and cranny, while using the proper materials.

Ensuring Efficiency

If there are any blockages or damaged parts within a chimney, the entire system will function less efficiently. Without the ability to properly ventilate, a fireplace will spit any smoke and other fumes back into your home and your fireplace will remain unsuitable for use.

To build and maintain productive fires, have your entire fireplace checked out before you put it to work. An expert will clear out any excess debris, remove blockages, and make certain that everything is in proper working condition before any fires are lit. This will ensure that your home will be heated as efficiently as possible, thus reducing energy bills and heightening the overall atmosphere of your home.

Avoiding Harmful Toxins

If blockages are present, then smoke and other toxins are given nowhere to escape. This means friends and family will inhale the harmful gases produced by the fireplace. Carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to damaged health and hospital visits, so eliminate this risk by having your fireplace inspected before any fires are built.

To help ensure that no harmful gases are escaping your home, ask your chimney sweep about installing carbon monoxide detectors throughout it. This will add an extra level of protection for your family and you can rest easy knowing they are all out of harm’s way.

When it comes down to it, all of these things revolve around protecting your home and ensuring your family members stay in good health. At Weststar Chimney Sweeps, we have all of the tools and expertise necessary for adequately preparing your chimney for the changing of seasons we soon will face. Allow yourself the peace of mind you deserve by scheduling a cleaning and inspection today!

By Mike O'Mara on September 7th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment