THESE PROBLEMS MAY LEAD TO AN UNSAFE CHIMNEY OR EXPENSIVE REPAIRS
Rain Caps And Spark Arrestors Rain can damage metal fireboxes and dampers on unprotected chimneys. It
DOES MY CHIMNEY NEED TO BE CLEANED OR WATERPROOFED?
The National Fire Protection Code 211 requires an annual safety inspection of all chimney systems. Here’s why: In a woodburning system, incomplete combustion results in unburned residue which rises in the chimney as part of the smoke. This residue called creosote is deposited on the inside of the chim- , ney walls, presenting a major fire hazard to the home. Gas and oil flues should also be checked on an annual basis for
any soot deposits or debris blockage which could lead to dangerous carbon monoxide poisoning. A chimney professional can inspect and clean the inside of your chimney to eliminate these dangers.
Waterproofing is the best preventive maintenance you can give the porous exterior of your chimney against premature aging and expensive repairs.
HOW TO AVOID CHIMNEY FIRES
Creosote Is The Main Cause Of Chimney Fires
Slow smoldering fires and/or the use of unseasoned wood can create “cool” smoke and weak draft. Under these conditions the smoke condenses and sticks to the chimney’s interior, forming highly flammable creosote. A buildup of creosote is highly combustible and can result in a chimney fire. To minimize creosote: