The chimney is an important safety feature for your home. The chimney serves as an exhaust for the fireplace or wood-burning furnace of your home. Chimneys that are clogged with built-up soot will be less efficient, and potentially hazardous. Inefficient chimneys impact the burn of your fireplace and the flow of carbon monoxide from your home. When you burn wood, a tar-like substance called creosote is left behind. Creosote is flammable, so when it is left on the inside of your chimney it can lead to a chimney flue-fire which could reach the structural components of your home. To keep your chimney operating at maximum efficiency and prevent flue-fires, it is important to regularly get a chimney cleaning service like a chimney sweep.  

Even if you do not use your fireplace, an annual sweep and inspection are crucial for your chimney. According to the National Fire Protection Association, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.” Yearly chimney sweep and inspection are necessary for keeping your chimney in good working order and catching any issues requiring repair. 

However, if you frequently use your chimney you may need more frequent chimney services. The CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) recommends that fireplaces should be cleaned when 1/8″ of sooty buildup is present inside the chimney and flue system. If there is any glaze in the flue, cleaning should be done even if there is less than 1/8″ of build-up. Heavy fireplace use may require you to get a chimney sweep more than once a year. Always check and monitor your chimney for signs of soot buildup, and always consult a professional if you are unsure. 

Indianapolis’s Best Chimney Services

For chimney cleaning and other chimney services in the middle Indiana area, trust Brick + Ember Outfitters. Certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America, we have been rigorously tested and approved to handle chimney sweeps and inspections. Our dedicated team strictly adheres to industry regulations and safety standards. With our experience and commitment to restoring or preserving the beauty of your chimney or masonry, Brick + Ember Outfitters is your trusted partner for homeowners in the Indianapolis Indiana area.

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