Okay, that may have been a slight exaggeration. We don’t have superpowers and the closest thing we have to a Batmobile is our fleet of fully stocked service trucks. Even still, there is a lot we can do to protect you and your family from all the dangers associated with fireplaces and chimneys! Here are just a few ways a chimney sweep can keep your home safe.
Eliminating Carbon Monoxide Risks
When we clean chimneys, we always make sure to remove any obstructions. Obstructions can be caused by a wide variety of things, whether it is a bird nest or excess creosote build-up inside of the chimney. Regardless of what is causing an obstruction, it can draw smoke into the home instead of letting it out through the chimney like it should. This creates major risks for carbon monoxide entering the home, which as we all know, is incredibly hazardous and potentially fatal.
Keeping the Fire Where it Belongs
Speaking of creosote, it has the potential to cause chimney fires as well. In fact, it’s one of the most dangerous substances that can be found inside a chimney. If you used your chimney a lot over the winter, chances are that creosote has started to accumulate. We cannot stress the genuine risks that this poses. Even this deep into March, we’re still seeing stories about chimney fires almost every day. Thankfully, keeping up with routine maintenance greatly reduces the risk of these fires starting.
Avoiding Masonry Complications
Masonry will naturally deteriorate over time as moisture begins to seep in. If you have an older home, this is especially true. However, even newer homes with chimneys that haven’t been properly maintained can be at risk for masonry damage. As this damage accumulates, chimneys start to lean and could potentially collapse entirely. We can help you avoid this too! We use a method called Tuckpointing, which allows us to remove any damaged mortar and replace it with new mortar for increased structural stability. This procedure should keep your chimney safe for years to come and prevent any unexpected costly repairs.
Clean Sweep Is Here to Help!
Call Clean Sweep Maryland today at 410-558-1111 for professional chimney sweep, slate roofing and duct cleaning services designed to keep all of your listed properties clean and safe for sellers and buyers. If you have a prospective home buyer or home seller in need of a slate roof inspection or repairs, we are here to help.