We all know the classic Christmas song “When Santa got stuck up the chimney”, but not many have actually stopped to consider the idea that this chimney probably wasn’t very well maintained. Make sure this isn’t a problem that affects you this Christmas, by taking a look at these top tips for caring for your chimney.
Burn the right wood
If you burn wood on your fireplace, you need to be sure you’re burning the right stuff. You may be thinking, surely all wood must be good wood to burn, and while most woods can and will burn when set on fire, you need to be sure the wood you’re actually burning on your fireplace is properly aged. This means ensuring at least 6 months have passed since it’s been split, ideally closer to a year. The wood you use should be as well seasoned as possible, meaning it has been dried to remove as much moisture content as possible, making the wood more efficient.
Just as your roof is exposed to all of the elements, your chimney is also exposed to everything the outdoors has to offer. Water and wind from the outside can create cracks in your chimney, which will lead to roof leaks, unwanted moisture inside the chimney and damage to the chimney, including mold, unless the chimney is properly waterproofed. Of course, waterproofing your chimney is not something you should undertake unless you are a trained roofing contractor. Be sure to thoroughly research roofers in Teesside, to make sure you choose a reputable tradesman.
Clean it regularly
Not only does having your chimney swept regularly prevent dangerous hazards, such as carbon monoxide, from building up, it also prevents any potential problems from worsening over time. Getting a regular chimney sweep can mean catching issues in their beginning stages, meaning it is easier and cheaper to get said issues resolved. You should aim to get your chimney cleaned at least once a year, with more cleans scheduled if you use your chimney regularly.
Get your chimney inspected
Sometimes, it isn’t enough to just look at your chimney. Some problems can be underlying and require a professional to diagnose them. Having it inspected once a year, alongside your annual roof inspection, is crucial to your chinney’s safety. There are three levels of chimney inspection. A level 1 inspection is ideal for a chimney that seems to be functioning normally, to examine its condition. A level 2 inspection is the right choice for a home that is changing how they use their chimney or heating source. This is required before a property is sold and includes everything that comes with a level 1 inspection. The most in depth inspection is a level 3 inspection. This will include everything you get at a level 1 and 2 inspection, as well as checking more concealed areas.
Even if you don’t use your fireplace, proper chimney care is essential. Make sure you keep yours well maintained and looked after by professionals, to make sure Santa can deliver your presents on Christmas Eve.
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