If enjoying the warm glow of your fireplace or wood stove plays heavily in your winter plans, a visit from a chimney sweep probably should, too. If you didn’t get it inspected before the heating season started, then do it now.
The greatest concern is creosote, which is a byproduct of burning wood. It builds up in the chimney or flue, and it poses two different problems. First, this pasty black substance is not only flammable, it can also be explosive.
Second, besides the threat of fire or explosion, a creosote clogged chimney or flue can fill your home with carbon monoxide. And while this gas is both odorless and invisible, it’s also very deadly.
So enjoy the fireplace, but prevent those potentially dangerous situations by having your chimney or flue cleaned today.