A flue cleaning is an imperative service to all wood burning systems. Chimney cleaning, also known as sweeping, removes dangerous creosote buildup in the flue and smoke chamber. Creosote is flammable and this simple process can prevent dangerous chimney fires. Not only is it a fire hazard, but regular cleaning can help prevent funky smells, drafting issues, and more costly future damage. This also holds true for free standing wood stoves and inserts.
Even if you do not use your fireplace often it is recommended to have your flue inspected once a year and the chimney cleaned as needed. Animals can make nests and create issues inside of chimney flues.
Burning only appropriate well seasoned wood can help keep your chimney flue in good condition.
Oil and gas venting flues should be cleaned as well because a blocked furnace flue can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Have all gas and oil appliances inspected annually and cleaned as needed.
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