When choosing a home to purchase, today’s home buyers have many important decisions to make. When any home being considered has a fireplace, wood stove, or flue, insisting on a thorough inspection of these features is critical, especially when buyers intend to use these features as a supplemental or emergency heat source. If your are considering the purchase of a home with a fireplace, wood stove, or flue, here are three excellent reasons to get them professionally inspected by a certified inspector first.
1. Fire Safety
Because these features deal with heat and open flames, fire safety is the most important reason to insist upon a thorough inspection. Flues for wood stoves and fireplaces often have buildups of a substance called creosote.
Highly flammable, creosote results when there has been an incomplete combustion of the wood used to make a fire, and is a leading cause of chimney and flue fires. This can happen when the firewood has not been correctly seasoned before use, or when the fire has not received the proper amount of oxygen to allow it to burn hot enough to prevent creosote from forming. Continue reading →
Do you have a problem with birds nesting in your chimney?
We can help you with that. Below is photos of birds nesting in a chimney that we covered the top of the chimney so they could not nest in there anymore. This is a safety hazard to have anything in your chimney and should be removed.
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Gas fireplaces have become more and more popular in recent years because they eliminate the maintenance required with wood burning fireplaces. With the convenience, there is the unfortunate liability that many gas fireplaces have fixed glass panels that can become dangerously hot, even exceeding 1000 degrees. Even after the gas is turned off, the temperature can be dangerously high for an hour or more. These temperatures can cause very bad burns especially to young children.
New gas appliances manufactured after January 2015 are required to come with mesh safety screens. However there are millions of gas fireplaces which were manufactured prior to 2015 which are not covered by this new law. It is up to the business or homeowner to install a protective barrier. Go to fireplacesafetytips.com for what you need or call Lucky Sully Chimney Sweep, your gas fireplace safety experts.