Keeping Your Chimney Fire Free
With summer right around the corner, most likely the last thing on your mind is your chimney. It’s great to sit around the fireplace in the winter with a relaxing fire burning. But in the warmer months, there’s really no reason to do that so our chimneys fall to the back of our minds. However, the truth is during the winter months is a good time to make sure your chimney isn’t at risk for a chimney fire. A dirty chimney can cause a chimney fire that can’t be put out before massive damage is done to your home. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) has a handy list to help you know when it might be time to get that chimney cleaned out;
- Loud cracking and popping noise inside the chimney
- A lot of dense smoke billowing out from the top
- An intense, hot smell
- Flames coming from the top of the chimney
- A sudden sound similar to a freight train
If you experience any of these problems with your chimney, don’t allow it to go unchecked. Even a brick chimney can create massive fire damage to your home if a chimney fire occurs. So be sure you know how dirty the inside of your chimney is and look into getting regular cleanings during the months you don’t use it. That way you can enjoy it again when the cold weather returns.
As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.