Anyone who owns their own fireplace should know the importance of scheduling a yearly cleaning and inspection done by a professional. This check-up is essential in making sure that your fireplace is up-to-code and in proper working order for periods of more frequent burning. Without these cleanings, creosote and other debris can build up inside of your chimney. This increases the risk of fire and could cause smoke and other fumes to back up into your home. On top of that, someone certified should regularly check your fireplace for cracks or other structural dysfunctions that may cause issues when trying to build and maintain fires on a regular basis.
That being said, many try to forego this process with chimney sweeping logs. Despite their name, chimney sweeping logs do not do the job that a professional would be able to offer. While the Chimney Safety Institute of America (or CSIA) does not express disapproval towards the use of these logs, they want to ensure fireplace owners that this product should not replace an annual cleaning and inspection.
So, what are the differences between these logs and an expert?
- Professional Insight: A professional will be able to note any flaws with the chimney that need to be fixed (such as cracks or foundation issues) and can offer advice and guidance as far as chimney care throughout the year. Chimney sweeping logs can help reduce creosote build-up, but lack the power to analyze what your fireplace needs in order to stay healthy.
- Removal of Debris: Chimney sweeping logs can break down tar and creosote, making them much easier to clean when the time comes. Yet, they do not physically remove these substances. A professional will know how to properly dispose of these hazardous materials and will know what steps to take moving forward, as far as your personal chimney maintenance requirements. A professional will also be able to locate and remove any objects that may be blocking up your chimney, such as animal nests or leaves.
- Safety Levels: While chimney sweeping logs are not unsafe, relying only on them will make your fireplace more hazardous throughout the burning months. The only way to ensure that everything is ready to go and in proper condition for building fires is to request the outlook of a professional. They will be able to assess your unique needs and offer insight as far as what is required to keep your chimney running smoothly
Environmental Chimney Sweep wants to make your home as safe as possible, especially with the cold months quickly approaching. We can fulfill your chimney needs, allowing you to relax and enjoy the comfort of many fires this winter season. Allow yourself some peace of mind and give us a call today!