There are hundreds of thousands of residential fires in North America every year. More than 22,000 of those annual fires are caused by fireplaces or chimneys. While fireplaces make homes very cozy, they also present a very real danger. Keeping your home safe while enjoying relaxing fires requires several important steps. One important step is having a professional chimney inspection. An inspection can identify if your chimney is at risk of creating a fire. Here’s everything you need to know about getting your chimney looked at.
Chimneys can be the most dangerous thing in your house. That’s because so few people make sure they are ever cleaned. Creosote will ignite at 451 degrees, about the same ignition rates as ordinary paper. It can turn anybody’s chimney into an inferno of 2100 degrees within seconds. A chimney fire in an older house can transfer to the wood structure and result in a disaster. Home flues equipped with wood burning stoves especially should be inspected once a year.
You can be sure to find chimneys in almost every home you visit. Chimneys are loved and used by homeowners from all walks of life. However, chimneys are some of the most neglected structures of a house. Most people never think of chimney repair, although it is vital in ensuring safety and quality life in a house.
Fireplaces and chimneys are a cozy part of any home. They may provide heat, smoke ventilation, and an attractive focal point for any room. However, they can be extremely dangerous if left unmaintained or damaged. Qualicum Beach Masonry and Chimney Services Ltd specializes in all aspects of chimney and fireplace building, maintenance, and repair in the Parksville area. In fact, we are the consumers choice in that category. Call us at 250-752-1111 and get a FREE estimate. No job is too big or too small.
As in years passed, fireplaces prevail as cozy centerpieces around which families gather. Those magical flames warm our hearts and slowly melt into whimsical dreams of adventures and memories yet to come. Time after time, Napoleon® has led the way with new and innovative patented technology that continuously surpasses industry standards not only in appearance but in efficiency, performance and quality. Napoleon® is proudly registered under the world recognized ISO 9001-2000 Quality Certification.
Myth #1: Chimney fires don't hurt my chimney, it just saves me having to sweep it this year! Chimney fires burn up to 2000 degrees, which is much hotter than chimneys are built to handle. The rapid rise in temperature can crack clay tile liners and damage the outer masonry. Your first chimney fire might not do any noticeable damage, but may cause structural problems within the system and weaken mortar joints. Your second incident might burn your house to the ground.