Cleaning your chimney on a regular basis will help to keep your home free of allergens, dirt and creosote. Dirt buildup can block your chimney’s flue, causing smoke to back up into your home and make your fireplace noxious. Excessive creosote can potentially ignite and cause an uncontrolled fire hazard.
Due to the high temperatures the firebox sustains, it isn’t unusual for wear and tear. Combustion byproducts can be very acidic, so both masonry and metal can crack and deteriorate. The mortar in the masonry can erode and metal can corrode over time. It is important to have your firebox inspected and repaired if these conditions are detected.
Lint is highly flammable and buildup in your electric or gas dryer is a fire hazard. Lint can cause humidity levels to rise around vents causing mildew and mold to develop in walls and insulation. Regular cleaning and maintenance can protect your family and your investment in your home.