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The Joy of Cleaning

Hello and welcome to my cleaning blog. Cleaning can bring you a lot of joy. Without it, our homes and businesses would literally be covered in old food, dust, and garbage. My name is Penny, and in this blog, I'm going to cover cleaning techniques and tips for staying organized. Whether you are trying to wash a stain out of a shirt or keep on top of the vacuuming, I hope these posts help. I also plan to write about hiring professional cleaners for your home, office, or even your industrial facility. My hope is that this blog brings you as much joy as a clean space.


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Tips To Take Care Of Your Chimney And Fireplace

Catherine Edwards

There may be nothing more relaxing and cozy on a cool evening than a crackling fire in your home's fireplace. As with every part of your home, you need to keep up on its maintenance to make sure it continues to work through all its use, especially because of the risk of a fire. To keep your fireplace clean and working well, here are some cleaning and maintenance tips.

Follow Regular Cleaning

Non-burnt materials from the wood can float up in the smoke from the fire and enter into your chimney flue. Once there, they get stuck onto the walls of the flue's interior and build up. Unfortunately, this type of creosote buildup is flammable in your chimney, and once it ignites, it will expand and continue burning at a high temperature, eventually burning through the chimney liner, flue, and fireproof materials. 

For this reason, it is important to have your chimney flue cleaned out by a professional chimney cleaning service. Once a year is a good frequency at which to make sure your chimney is cleaned and inspected for creosote buildup. However, depending on how often you use your fireplace and the type of wood you burn inside it, you may need to have it cleaned more often or less often. For example, if you burn wood that is green or wet, it will put excess particles in the smoke, increasing the buildup of creosote.

Maintain the Chimney Flue

The chimney flue provides access for smoke and fumes to exit your home, but it can also provide an entrance and place of residence to birds and other pests. If you find a bird has made a home inside your chimney, you should call a pest control specialist. Then, you should take some steps to prevent this from reoccurring again, as a bird building a nest in your chimney can create a blockage or put it at risk of fire.

Talk to your chimney professional about installing a chimney cap or a chimney screen. This type of covering will protect your chimney from intruding pests, but still allows the smoke and fumes to exit the chimney. 

When you hire a chimney cleaning professional, you know that all the buildup that poses a threat to your home will be cleaned from its flue. But allowing your fireplace to build up creosote without cleaning it is an unnecessary danger that is not worth the risk and is  taken care of with a quick call to schedule the cleaning service.