If you own a fireplace, regular maintenance is absolutely necessary to preserve the safety of your home, no matter how frequently or infrequently you use your fireplace. An improperly functioning fireplace could lead to a range of serious hazards, including flue fire, carbon monoxide exposure, water penetration and structural damage. To avoid these hazards, a CMO certified chimney sweep will perform annual maintenance and inspections.
Proper fireplace maintenance includes (but is not limited to):
Annual sweeps and inspections:
An annual sweep and inspection is a critical safety measure, highly recommended by industry professionals. A certified CMO chimney sweep will remove any flammable creosote buildup to prevent a potential dangerous flue fire and perform a thorough camera inspection to identify any other issues. CMO sweeps ensure that all components of your fireplace and chimney are in safe and working order, including the masonry, the damper and the smoke chamber.
Cleaning out ashes:
While a thin layer of ash in your firebox may be useful during the heat season, too much ash is hazardous and prevents the fire from breathing.
Burning seasoned wood:
No matter what type of firewood you choose to burn, it should always be dry and seasoned. Unseasoned wood produces more creosote, a highly flammable byproduct that can lead to flue fires.
If you live in the Nashville area and are in need of an annual sweep or have noticed any functional concerns, don’t hesitate to contact CMO immediately. All of our chimney Outfitters are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America and possess a thorough knowledge of your fireplace classification and industry regulations, codes and safety standards.