Owning a fireplace or stove is a great way to come together with the family and relax in a peaceful environment. However, it does come with some responsibility. Cleaning your chimney regularly is essential to removing soot and other blockages and creating a safer fireplace or stove. Without proper servicing, you might reduce the efficiency of your fireplace or even risk a chimney fire. One question we often get is, “How often should I have my chimney serviced?”. Here’s what you need to know about proper chimney maintenance:
Schedule a Chimney Inspection Once a Year
To make sure everything’s working as it should, it’s recommended that you get an annual chimney inspection. If you use your fireplace or stove regularly, you probably want to have a chimney cleaning done every year as well. You can schedule these at the same time in order to make it easier. Inspecting and cleaning your chimney once a year will help keep your family safe. It also allows your fireplace or stove to keep working at maximum efficiency.
When Should You Have Your Chimney Cleaned?
Besides a regular once per year chimney cleaning, get your chimney cleaned whenever ⅛” of soot is built up inside the chimney system. If you see any glaze in the flue system, have your chimney cleaned even if there’s less than ⅛” buildup.
What’s the Best Time of Year to Service Your Chimney?
Before the start of the cold season during late summer to early fall is the perfect time to get a chimney inspection. Once the weather changes and you start thinking about using your chimney for the winter, have your chimney serviced before you use it. That way, you can have peace of mind knowing that your chimney will be safe all winter long.
Owning a stove or fireplace is the perfect way to get cozy with the family on a cold winter night. Just make sure that you’re getting your chimney serviced at least once a year to keep it working safely and efficiently. Once that’s covered, you’re free to enjoy your beautiful fireplace worry-free!
For information about fireplaces, stoves, chimney service and more, contact Energy Center-Manhattan Pool today!