When was the last time you had your chimney inspected? A few years ago? Never? The Chimney Safety Institute of America and the Center for Disease Control both recommend that you have your chimney inspected every year. Even if you don’t have a fireplace, you probably vent natural gas or oil emissions through a chimney with your furnace and water heater.
Natural gas venting systems
Natural gas is a clean burning fuel that becomes an affordable energy resource for millions of Americans. But there are two major byproducts of burning natural gas that can damage your home and threaten your family if not vented properly.
The primary byproduct of burning natural gas is water vapor. Water vapor, if not vented correctly, can be absorbed by the chimney and lead to deterioration of the masonry components. Burning natural gas also produces carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon monoxide (CO). Carbon monoxide is a deadly odorless, colorless gas that can build up in the home when the chimney flue is not venting properly. Inspecting your chimney annually can ensure that your chimney flue is up to code, properly protecting you and your family.
The most common reason that people have a chimney inspection is to check flue liners for maintenance and creosote buildup. Creosote and soot are the flammable byproducts of burning wood in a fireplace. Over time, they collect in the chimney flue and, if ignited, are responsible for chimney fires. Chimney fires burn at extremely high temperatures and can spread to the rest of the house, endangering you and your family and causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage.
The best way to prevent chimney fires is to have a yearly chimney inspection and cleanings at whatever intervals a certified technician recommends, depending on your chimney and frequency of use. These inspections also ensure that the chimney is kept up to proper standard. Ninety-eight percent of all heating fires in homes are caused by equipment that has not been properly cleaned and kept up to standard. That means that if your chimney is not up to standard, you are nearly fifty times more likely to be the victim of a heating fire! Protect yourself and your family and have your chimney inspected today.
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