Monthly Archives: July 2010

  • Chimney accessories 'can keep fires safe'

    Chimney accessories 'can keep fires safe'

    When out buying flue accessories, homeowners should invest in a number of products which can help keep their chimney safe and working well.

    Nick Messe, from Early Times Chimney Sweeps in Chicago, said that having flue liners for woodburners inspected on a regular basis is essential to ensure that any major problems are identified and rectified swiftly.

    However, there are steps homeowners can take to help maintain the structure, including chimney caps, spark arrestors and bird screens.

    The writer stated that it is a mistake to think that making a mesh cover for their chimney flue will do the job, as this can become clogged and pose a threat to people's health.

    "When these are clogged, smoke and dangerous carbon monoxide can back up into the home," he added.

    Those considering buying a chimney cap are not short of options, with the Goodman Air Conditioners blog highlighting that there are copper, tiered and stainless steel versions available to consumers.

  • ACS Gas Log Carbon and Soot remover recommended for gas log fires'

    ACS Gas Log Carbon and Soot remover recommended for gas log fires'

    Chimney repair professionals should advise those with flue liners for gas fires to purchase some ACS Gas Log Carbon and Soot Remover.

    According to the Ask the Chimney Sweep blog, what makes this such an effective creosote removal product is that it disperses the accumulated substance without actually damaging the log.

    The website recommends however that it is not such a good option for homeowners with light logs, as the manganese catalyst present in the product can lead to discolouration.

    "If you have gas logs in your fireplace I would recommend using the ACS Gas Log Carbon and Soot Remover. It disperses carbon and soot deposits that have accumulated on the gas logs with only a light mist," the source added.

    The removal of creosote is vitally important, as it poses a fire hazard, the Jayleen9723893 blog recently warned.

    One way of avoiding this is fitting an insert, which helps to make the whole system much safer.

  • Chimney flues 'have the most maintenance issues'

    Chimney flues 'have the most maintenance issues'

    Repairs to flue liners for woodburners and gas fires are some of the most common jobs professionals will be called out to fix.

    According to Fireplace Village, chimney flues are the areas which require the most maintenance, as it is the most important element of the whole structure.

    "When the flue is cracked, split or damaged in any way, the whole system will break down. It can also become blocked with nests and other debris," the firm stated.

    The company went on to add that homeowners should not use a fire without a properly working chimney flue under any circumstances, as this is likely to cause serious damage.

    Another issue professionals should make homeowners aware of is the build up of creosote, which needs to be addressed by an expert.

    According to US Inspect, chimney flues must always be open when a fire is lit, while replacing furnace filters every three months is also recommended.

  • Removing creosote 'stops chimney flue corrosion'

    Removing creosote 'stops chimney flue corrosion'

    Chimney repair professionals may wish to point out to customers that applying creosote removal products can help maintain the flue liner for their woodburner.

    That is according to the Ask the Chimney Sweep blog, which said that creosote builds up over time and if it is left untreated can lead to corrosion on the flue liner.

    Tradesmen should tell customers that if they apply creosote removal products a month or so before they call in a chimney sweep, the clean up operation will be much easier.

    According to the source, it is recommended that creosote be treated if the build up has exceeded an eighth of an inch in depth.

    It may also be worth highlighting to domestic customers that the summer time would be the best period in which to call in the services of a chimney sweep.

    The Chimney Safety Institute of America stated that this is because few people give much thought to their chimney during the warmer times of year, meaning professionals are not inundated with work and can tend to any problems swiftly.

  • Chimney flues 'must be open when fires are lit'

    Chimney flues 'must be open when fires are lit'

    One of the biggest dangers of a fireplace is the potential for poisonous gases to building up and seeping into the home, however, by having flue liners for woodburners and other areas of the chimney inspected, the danger from these substances can be reduced.

    According to US Inspect, air quality in the home is something which few people give much consideration to but ignoring it could put people's health at risk.

    One way homeowners can minimise the risk is by ensuring that flue liners for woodburners are open when the fire is in use and also to have them inspected by a professional in case they have become cracked or damaged, the website said.

    Another recommendation is to replace furnace filters every two to three months to ensure they work efficiently.

    Having a professional check the inside of a chimney is only part of the story, with the High Tech Gadgets blog highlighting the fact that the exterior of the structure also needs to be maintained to a high standard.

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