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Regular Chimney Sweeps Means a Safer Home

Fall weather has officially rolled in. The chilly wind has colorful leaves falling to the ground and has us starting to bundle up. With the cooler weather comes the time to start thinking about heating your home. While some have the luxury of a gas powered furnace, many homes in the Boston area are older and utilize wood-burning fireplaces or stoves. These units need to have their chimneys swept at least once per year, especially if they are used regularly. Even if you do not need your fireplace for heat but plan to use it during the cold season anyway, you should also schedule an appointment to have your chimney swept this season. Experts recommend having your chimney professionally swept at least once every year, and for good reason. A chimney that goes too long without proper attention can cause some serious problems.

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A chimney sweep serves two main purposes. The first is to find and eliminate any obstructions in the chimney. Particularly if you have not have your chimney swept since last burning season, little critters have had plenty of time to make a home out of your chimney. During the colder months, animals like birds and squirrels are attracted to the warmth confines of the chimney and will build nests there to live in. The main issue with animals and nests is your chimney is that these obstructions do not allow the chimney to vent gas properly. Smoke and toxic gases like carbon monoxide are meant to escape the home out the chimney, but when an obstruction blocks that flow, the gases turn back and fill the house up. This reason alone should be enough incentive to sweep your chimney.

The second purpose of a chimney sweep is to remove the creosote. This tarlike material results from burning wood, and it readily adheres to the flue lining. If creosote is allowed to build up, it can cause an obstruction in the chimney – causing the same problems as an animal nest. Creosote is also highly flammable, so allowing it to build up can also create a chimney fire hazard. In addition, creosote has a variety of health risks like causing cancers and birth defects, so letting it grow to unsafe levels can make your home dangerous to your health.

Having your chimney swept at least once every year is crucial to maintaining a safe and healthy home. If you are ready to have your chimney swept and live in the areas of Boston, South Shore, or Cape Cod, contact Above and Beyond Chimney Service for a professionally consultation. Expert service gets you expert results.

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