Main reason for owning a chimney is to provide heat to your living areas but we have to admin that everyone enjoys a feeling when we sit on a couch and watch wood-burning. It makes us feel relaxed and brings us piece.
However leaving your chimney "dirty" or not knowing when to clean it can cause serious problems, that is why we prepared a short post to inform you about it.
The problem is caused by a smoke fire which hasn't got enough oxygen. This means that it emits a lot of unburned tar vapors which condense inside the flue and stick to it. It causes blockages in your liner, firebox, smoke chamber and damper. Cleaning it will help create a safer operation of your system during the heating system. It takes only a small accumulation of creosote glazing to create the potential for a chimney fire. Creosote is a highly flammable substance that builds up inside your chimney or liner as a result of burning wood. The rate of accumulation can be higher if you practice poor burning practices or have a burning appliance or stove that is not working well.
1. Prevent a Chimney Fire
As mentioned blocked heating system can cause a chimney fire. It can appear quite big – loud cracking sounds, lots of black smoke or it can be very silent and not noticeable, not even by your neighbours. Sometimes, they burn slow and aren't even visible, but they still reach very high temperatures and can seep into the walls of your house and ignite anything flammable. Flames from a chimney fire can quickly spread into the walls or onto the roof of your home and cause massive devastation, if not the total destruction of your home. With a proper care and maintenance, scenario like that can be avoided.
The most common cause of chimney fire is in almost all cases a dirty chimney. Over time, chimneys will become clogged with creosote, a natural, tar-like substance that is a product of burning wood. Creosote is black or brown in appearance and, over time, it builds up and leaves a glazing inside your chimney. This glazing is highly combustible and it can take only a small amount to start a fire. Restricted air supply is one of the factors that contribute to the build up of creosote, another reason it is important to clean your chimney regularly.
2. Protect your health When fuel is burned it produces Carbon monoxide (CO). Even at low levels, CO can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, confusion and fainting. A blocked chimney or a chimney with an improperly functioning flue can cause a buildup of this dangerous gas. CO is responsible for thousands of deaths each year, and many of these poisonings are caused by blocked chimneys. This is why it is critical to have your chimney examined and swept if necessary before using it.
3. Smoke Damage if Chimney cleaning is not done regularly, soot will accumulate around the flue. This makes it difficult for the flue to draw the smoke upwards and can cause the smoke to enter your room. Soot will leave a black film around your hearth and soil any furniture, carpeting or decorations nearby. Smoke can even cause black staining around your chimney, which can be difficult or impossible to remove.
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