prevent chimney fires

As temperatures drop and autumn approaches, it’s essential to take steps to prevent chimney fires. First, make sure that your chimney is clean and free of debris. A buildup of soot and creosote can quickly ignite and cause a chimney fire. Second, have your chimney inspected by a professional at least once a year. They will be able to identify potential problems and address them before they become an issue. Finally, be sure to use dry, seasoned wood when building fires.

Have Your Fireplace Inspected and Cleaned Early

To prevent fires, your chimney must be inspected and cleaned annually. A licensed professional can check your fireplace and chimney for potential problems and clean out the flue to prevent debris buildup. Avoid building a fire until both of these tasks are completed.

Temperature Regulation to Prevent Chimney Fires

Chimney fires are often caused by a buildup of creosote, a tarry substance that forms when a fire burns at a low temperature. An insulated flue liner is vital for preventing flue temperatures from getting too cool, which encourages fire by-products to condense and form creosote.

Use the Right Wood to Prevent Chimney Fires

If you’re looking for the best type of firewood to burn, hardwoods like oak, maple, or ash are a great choice. They burn at a higher temperature and produce less creosote, helping to prevent chimney fires. Seasoned wood is also a good option, as it has less water content and will burn more efficiently. Hardwoods should be seasoned for at least 6 months.

Convert to Gas

Gas-powered fireplaces produce minimal creosote and reduce the chances of a chimney fire. If maintaining a wood-burning fireplace is too much to handle, along with sourcing quality firewood, install a gas insert. You’ll have the convenience of turning on the fire anytime you want a cozy ambiance without the work of building a fire and cleaning the chimney.

If you have a fireplace, start planning to take steps to maintain it now. Chimney sweeps and fireplace inspectors get busy and booked up in fall and winter, so get on their schedule at the end of summer. Find a source of season hardwoods and stock up. Then when the first cold snap hits, you’ll be ready to build a fire in your fireplace safely.

TNT Inspection Services offers home inspections and other services, to customers in Atlanta, GA, and the surrounding areas. Contact us to schedule an appointment.