Chimneys are a great addition to any home, and many people enjoy the fires and warmth that are facilitated by their presence. However, because they do constantly come into contact with quite corrosive elements, such as fire, soot, and even water, chimneys do need to be inspected regularly for faults. At least once a year you will need to schedule a chimney cleaning to ensure that your building isn't affected by a faulty liner or some other defect. Here are a few reasons why an annual chimney cleaning is so important to organize.
While you might not think of soot as something that is exceptionally dangerous, when it gathers in large quantities, it very well can be. Not only is soot combustible, but it often lines the entirety of the inside of your chimney. This means that if a fire does break out, your chimney is basically a passageway throughout all the floors of your house, allowing the fire to spread quickly. Even if you can't see that much soot on the inside of your chimney, it is there, often in large quantities. Don't risk your safety; get a chimney cleaning at least once a year and avoid this potential firetrap.
The flue is the internal pipe in your chimney that directs smoke to the outside. Over time, through repeated heating and cooling that comes with contact with hot smoke, it will eventually age and possibly crack. When this happens, it is important that you realize it before you use your fireplace too many more times. Otherwise, you are simply pouring smoke into the cavities of your home and possibly starting a fire. Chimney cleaning ensures the flue lasts longer, and it will find if there are any cracks or weak points in your flue.
Unfortunately, sometimes chimneys can smell. There are many reasons for this, from dead vermin trapped inside to the exposure of the soot in the chimney to rainwater. Whatever the cause is, the smell can be unbearable and can last for a long time, which could make you want to not use the fireplace at all. These smells are more common the longer you take between cleans, and a good cleaning service will always get rid of a poor smell. Make sure that you schedule a chimney cleaning annually or you risk having the smell infiltrate the rooms of your home around the fireplace.