Keeping your chimney clean and free of blockage is one of the most important steps you can take in regular fireplace maintenance. Your chimney’s flue is the inner part of your chimney that provides the exhaust route for the gases and smoke that rise from the fireplace. If it becomes blocked, several problems can arise. Here are three issues that can come up when a chimney isn’t regularly cleaned.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the most hazardous risks that can result from an improperly maintained chimney. If the flue is blocked, it can’t effectively vent toxic gases. This could result in a buildup of carbon monoxide, which is odorless and difficult to detect.
When your chimney is kept free and clear, it can mitigate the extreme heat rising from the fireplace below. A damaged chimney can’t adequately protect the surrounding house frame from excessive heat, which increases fire risk.
Creosote is the highly flammable byproduct of burning wood. When it builds up on the inner walls of the chimney it can cause a chimney fire.
Keeping the chimney flue clean should be a top safety concern for every homeowner with a working fireplace. Call The Cinder Box at 317-442-8440 to understand more about the importance of a clean chimney flue.