We like to think that having a fireplace at home is always a good idea. It gives off a warm and cozy feeling, it speaks of good taste, and it adds to the uniqueness of your home. That is until the day you have to clean your chimney, and you realize that you have no idea how to do it.READ MORE
Winter weather might be weeks away, but it’s never too early to start preparing your home for cold and snow. Before the first flakes of the season fall in Colorado, chimney cleaning is essential. Learn why you should clean your chimney before the first snow, and discover what could happen if you skip this annual inspection.READ MORE
Winterizing properties is a valuable part of preventative maintenance that ensures no building falls into disarray during the long winter months. Therefore, it’s important that you act before the winter comes, when weather is more conducive to dealing with both internal and external portions of the property. Here’s a few valuable tips to help you prepare your valuable real estate for the winter.
As cooler nights arrive; you may be craving a cozy fire in the fireplace to warm the chill. Many Colorado homes are gifted with indoor fireplaces, both gas and wood burning, and maintaining the upkeep is important for the safety of your family. According to FEMA, fireplaces account for more than 36% of residential fires every year, and routine cleaning is vital to preventing such tragedies.
While fireplaces may be wonderful for setting a romantic mood, they are relatively inefficient when it comes to heating the home. On average, an operating open-wood burning fireplace can have efficiencies ranging up to 15 percent, depending upon its type and operation. However, if there is no fire and the damper is left open, a fireplace can actually have a “negative efficiency” as warm air from the house escapes through the chimney.
Wood stoves are more efficient at heating a room or home with the same amount of wood, in comparison to a fireplace. This is because a stove is closed and controlled.READ MORE
Imagine a Sweeping Goose… a chimney sweeping goose. Years ago, (I’ve been told) live geese were used to clean chimneys. A rope was tied around the bird and then thrown down the chimney flue. The frightened goose would flap his wings and clean the chimney.
Now, for those of us without a goose, calling a reputable chimney cleaner to inspect and clean our chimney is the most civilized, safest and best thing to do. An un-swept chimney can burn. Soot and creosote deposits accumulate in the flue until, worst case scenario, they burst into flames causing a chimney fire.READ MORE