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All About Your Chimney Liner

The team at Top Hat Chimney Sweeps is all about promoting fireplace safety and equipping homeowners with the knowledge they need regarding their chimney system. We undergo a lot of training and take advantage of numerous educational opportunities to better equip ourselves to serve the Auburn area, so we know there’s a lot to learn! If you’re eager to study the ins and outs of your system, but find the process overwhelming, let us help. We’re happy to answer any and all of your questions and provide you with the resources necessary to better grasp what the various parts of your chimney do.

Today, we’ll focus on the chimney liner. Its role in your fireplace’s overall functioning is extremely important and, without a proper-working one in place, you’ll be face-to-face with a lot of trouble. Learn more below!Outline of a house with chimney in front of sunset on green grass.

Protecting Your Home & Woodwork

One thing a chimney liner does is protect your home from house fires. The brickwork and mortar that make up your chimney are sturdy, but they can’t withstand the high temperatures and intense heat your fires produce. After time, they’ll wear down and crack, forming openings through which flames can escape.

Chimney liners protect your masonry, so that your fire stays contained and doesn’t reach the flammable woodwork surrounding it. A home with an unlined chimney could catch on fire within a matter of hours and, if you ask us, it’s definitely not worth the risk!

We can inspect your liner and ensure everything is in tip-top shape before you start off your burning season. Call today, and we’ll set you up right.

Keeping Your Masonry In Better Shape

Like we said above, masonry that is exposed to the heat your fireplace produces won’t stay in good shape for long. Unfortunately, it’s not just high temperatures you need to worry about. Your fireplace also produces acidic gases that break down your mortar, creating pathways for fumes to enter your home. This results in a higher risk of house fires and it also increase the potential for carbon monoxide exposure, which can be fatal when not treated quickly enough.

Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, so if you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home, we strongly urge you to do so. These devices have saved countless lives, as the gas is next to impossible to detect by one’s self. Talk to us today about lowering risks. It’s well worth taking these few simple steps!

Ensuring Optimal Efficiency

Finally, your chimney liner keeps airflow moving smoothly and helps your entire fireplace function a lot more efficiently, giving you the performance levels you deserve. Call us in today, so we can check that everything is fitted correctly and in the right place, guaranteeing you cozy and comfortable fires to enjoy all winter long.

The time to call is now, especially as the holidays near. Talk to our team today!

It’s Almost Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week 2018 is almost upon us, and we’d be lying if we said we weren’t excited. As a chimney company that’s been serving the area for many years, we love any opportunity that helps to keep our communities well-informed and educated. If you’re ready to engage in all this week has to offer, then learn more about it by reading below. It’s never too late to study up on fire safety!

Look. Listen. Learn.

It’s Almost Fire Prevention Week

This year’s theme is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” It’s easy to assume you’re not likely to experience this very serious threat, but fires can happen any time and any place, so it’s vital to always have a plan to safely escape the area. The NFPA urges people to look for potential fire hazards, listen for any smoke alarms, and to learn two escape routes from the room. These simple steps could make all the difference when it comes to keeping people safer!

You Have The Power To Educate Others

This week promotes countless opportunities to keep your friends, family, and community members better informed on how to both prevent fires and stay safer should one occur. By using the resources provided by the NFPA, you could easily spread the word about what this week is all about and provide homeowners in the area with fact sheets, kid-friendly activities, and more.

Another great idea is to spread the word on social media! In today’s technological world, there are various platforms to help others stay aware and informed, and we feel that this is a great message to spread. Download social media uploads from the NFPA’s website today, and have them ready to post when October 7 comes around. It’s easy, fun, and we know your followers will appreciate the reminders!

Let’s Work Together To Lower The Risks

Statistics show that older adults and younger children are the most at risk for fire-related deaths and injuries. By taking the proper precautions, such as mapping out escape routes and having smoke detectors installed throughout your home, you can lower you and your loved ones risk of harm significantly.

Along with this, having your chimney inspected annually will always guarantee added protection. If you have damages, creosote build up, blockages, or similar issues, then you’re facing some major threats, and your chances of experiencing a house fire increase dramatically. Our CSIA certified team can look things over and assess whether or not you need further services completed before kicking off your burning season .

Need More Information?

If you’d like more information about Fire Prevention Week or about any of the services we offer, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re happy to help you out! By teaming up, we can make the area safer and better protected. Let’s work together soon. Call now.

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