Chimney Sweep

There are few things better than sitting by a fire during a cold winter evening, but have you ever thought about what the smoke and soot from a wood-burning fireplace does to your chimney? While your chimney is obviously a vital part of your fireplace, having one too many fires can cause a lot of problems if you don’t take the time to have it cleaned out regularly.

Creosote and Dirty Chimneys

The biggest reason to call a chimney sweep near you to have your chimney and flue cleaned out is because of creosote buildup. Creosote is a substance that is left behind whenever wood is burned. Every fire produces at least a small amount of creosote, and a buildup of the stuff in your chimney is inevitable when you use your fireplace. Having a small amount of creosote on the inside of your chimney won’t cause any serious problems, but too much can create fire and health hazards. Not only is creosote highly flammable, but too much of it can create a blockage in your chimney and prevent smoke from effectively leaving your home.

When Should You Call a Chimney Sweep?

The best way to remove creosote from your chimney is to have it cleaned out by a chimney sweep. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to actually decide when to have your chimney, flue and fireplaced cleaned as there are no hard rules about that. It will largely depend on how often you use your fireplace and what you burn in it. For example, pine creates more creosote than many other kinds of wood, so you will no doubt have a dirtier chimney if you regularly burn pine in your fireplace.

One thing that you can do is remember to have your chimney inspected at least once a year, preferably before the winter months. Contact a chimney sweep or another professional early in the fall before you know you’ll want to use your fireplace and have them perform an inspection. This will ensure that your fireplace will be safe to use when it gets colder.

Chimney Sweep Washington DC

If you live in Washington, DC and you want to make sure that your fireplace is safe for the winter, contact a chimney sweep in your area today. You should at the very least have your chimney inspected, which will give you peace of mind when you want to have a relaxing evening by the fire.

New TV Series Worth Watching

Aside from reading books, one of things I do during down time is watch TV series. I have followed many TV series in the past like Prison Break, CSI, Criminal Minds, Lost, Heroes and 24.

More recently, I have been watching new series and I’d like to share them with you:

Madame Secretary is an American political drama that stars Tea Leoni and Tim Daly. I like the way the series handles conflicts in the political scene and how the McCord family survives and thrives throughout the challenges they face.

The Gifted is a spin-off from the Xmen movies. Story is about how the mutants survive in a world where they face discrimination and how they escape as they are being hunted by the Sentinnel Services.

Designated Survivor is an American political drama about how Tom Kirkman survived and became the President of the US instantly. He is actually doing a good job being the president but faces many challenges.

The Flash is on its 4th season now and continues to amaze us. Hopefully, they continue with a good storyline.  

 

Legends of Tomorrow is an adventure to watch. The not-so-super heroes doing their best to change the world. This series changes its setting every episode and has been really fun to watch!

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