Thursday, May 6, 2010

Chimney Repair Rochester Hills: Preventing Chimney Fires

Chimney Repair Rochester Hills: This is a warning about the danger of chimney fires and ways to prevent them. Most people don’t spend much time worrying about this potential dangerous situation. Why? Out of sight, out of mind. What you can’t see won’t hurt you…or will it?

Chimney repair and maintenance is important to prevent a chimney fire. A chimney fire can be devastating. Do you know what causes chimney fires?

The Anatomy of a Chimney Fire

When you burn wood in your fireplace the smoke it releases travels up the chimney. The smoke is full of matter that condenses on the flue liner. This matter is called creosote. As soon as the creosote has been produced, it continues to bond to the walls, waiting for a flame or spark to ignite it.

The type of wood that you burn can affect the amount of creosote that builds up along the flue liner. Unseasoned wood (green), for example, is the key perpetrator. Unseasoned wood hold a lot of moisture which needs to be removed in order for it to burn. Unseasoned wood produces a cooler smoke than seasoned wood and it is more likely to condense inside your chimney.

The temperature also plays an important role on the effects of your chimney. The cold air outside helps to cool off the smoke from your fireplace and also causes condensation to form creosote.

A chimney that runs up the side of your home rather than through the center is more likely to form condensation and creosote.

Failure to open the damper completely or closing the glass doors on your fire place will restrict airflow. Adequate air flow allows the smoke to escape before it condenses.

Bulky, compressed bundles of wood will burn cooler and cause more condensation. Hotter fires are best. Do not burn cardboard or paper in your fireplace because the small flaming pieces of ash can drift up your chimney and ignite the existing creosote.

There is no way to completely prevent creosote, but you can keep it down to a minimum. Chimney cleaning is the only way to remove creosote build-up and prevent chimney fires. Have your chimney cleaned on a regular basis to be safe.

A chimney repair and cleaning professional will also look for other damage that needs attention. If you have any doubts about the condition of your chimney, call a professional who specializes in chimney repair today.

The above information has been provided for the benefit of homeowners by Mark Allen Maupin of Brick Repair LLC He is a local Michigan masonry contractor with the last 16 years specialized in masonry restoration and Chimney repair. He is an expert at matching brick and mortar color. He will offer free estimates or answer question for any of the following services: Chimney rebuilds, Tuck pointing, Natural stone, Limestone replacement, Cultured stone, brick porch repair, Brick porch construction, Brick wall construction, pointing and work, grout replacement, and historic restoration.

Mr. Maupin looks forward to the opportunity to help you with and brick, block or stone project. Brick Repair LLC is building an extensive library of DIY devoted to the masonry trade.

Brick Repair LLC is happy to serve the following communities: Auburn Hills, Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield township, Brighton, Canton, Clarkston, Clawson, Commerce, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Detroit, Ferndale, Drayton Plains, Eastpointe, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Grosse Pointe, Highland, Highland Park, Howell, Huntington Woods, Keego Harbor, Lake Orion, Lathrup Village, Lincoln Park, Livonia, Madison Heights, Milford, New Hudson, Northville, Novi, Oak Park, Orchard Lake, Orion, Orchard Lake, Ortonville, Pontiac, Redford, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Romulus, Roseville, Royal Oak, South Lyon, Southfield, Sterling Heights, Sylvan Lake, Troy, Utica, Walled Lake, Waterford, West Bloomfield, White Lake, Oakland County, Wayne County and neighboring cities and communities.


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