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Chimney Maintenance

October 8th, 2019 Posted in Family Health & Safety
Both metal and masonry chimneys require maintenance so that smoke and flue gases are ventilated properly. At the very least, you should have your chimney inspected annually before each heating season. In addition:
  • Have your chimney cleaned on a regular basis to reduce creosote build-up.
  • Make sure your masonry chimney has a flue liner in place to reduce the possibility that the masonry could absorb creosote.
  • Replace cracked or damaged liners, as they will allow creosote to accumulate and heat to escape.
    • When hiring someone to reline your chimney, only allow the contractor to use a product that has been tested and listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
    There are two types of chimneys that require specific maintenance to minimize the dangers in your home.
    • Fireplace inserts (hearth stoves):
      • Vent should be connected to the flue of the chimney.
    • Factory-built metal chimneys:
      • Do not use natural gas, fuel oil vents, well casing, stovepipe or other material in the chimney, as they cannot withstand the heat in the wood burner.

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