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Recently Purchased Home Projects: Chimney Cleaning

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June 11, 2015 by Caleb Haniquet

If you have recently purchased a home, then you may still have some work ahead of you before moving day. One of the most advisable projects for recently purchased homes is hiring someone to perform a chimney cleaning. Think about it: do you want to move into your new home and risk getting your furniture all covered in soot? By having a chimney cleaning performed, you do not have to worry about cleaning your furniture or risk any unforeseen damage to your personal belongings. Here are some reasons why general contractors believe chimney cleaning is important for a recently purchased home.

Protect your health: A chimney cleaning can protect your health, and even save your life. A blocked chimney or a chimney with an improperly functioning flue can cause a buildup of this dangerous gas. Carbon monoxide is responsible for thousands of deaths in America each year, and many of these poisonings are caused by blocked chimneys. This is why it is critical to have your chimney examined and swept to make sure your flue is clear before using the chimney.

Prevent a chimney fire: Chimney fires are very dangerous. Of course, a raging inferno can create obvious signs of danger during its destruction that will alert you and your neighbors, but small chimney fires are far more insidious. The reason why small chimney fires are so dangerous is because they burn slowly and you may just assume that the smoke is from what you are burning in your fireplace, when in actuality, the smoke is caused by old debris catching fire in your chimney. Once the fire from the debris finds its way to an exposed area in your chimney, it burns into your wall, and the house will surely ignite.

Avoid smoke damage: A chimney cleaning will help eliminate any soot build up around the flue of your chimney, and help draw the chimney smoke upwards, instead of into your room. This soot will leave a black film around your hearth and soil any furniture, carpeting or decorations nearby. Sometimes, smoke can even cause black staining around your chimney, which can be difficult or impossible to remove.

As many general contractors would advise, making sure you have a chimney cleaning performed on your recently purchased home can save you on damage to your home and personal belongings, and can even save your life. For more information on chimney cleaning and other projects you should complete before moving into your recently purchased home, call Center Island Contracting at 631-465-9765.

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