Fall has arrived in Eugene and winter is around the corner. If you’re like us at Oregon Chimney Guys, you’re getting excited about using and enjoying your fireplace. Before we get cozy next to the fire, here are a few questions to think about first.
Is your fireplace operating safely and efficiently?
How long has it been since it was last inspected and swept?
Do you remember whether your fireplace was overly smokey last winter?
Are you confident in the proper use, upkeep, and treatment of your fireplace?
If your answer to any or all of these questions is “no” or “kind of,” then you should probably consider giving the Oregon Chimney Guys a call. When chimneys and fireplaces are disregarded and left without proper maintenance, they may present many threats to your home, as well as to the life and well-being of loved ones. Threats include flue fires, smoke damage, massive repair bills and a stinky house.
Chimneys 3 Main Purposes:
1.) To fully expel the bi-products of combustion (smoke and soot).
2.) To draw air for combustion into the fireplace.
3.) To protect the building and those within from the adverse effects of smoke, gases, and moisture.
If any of those three functions are lacking or malfunctioning then your fireplace is not ready for winter burning. When properly assessing a chimney, the professionals of Oregon Chimney Guys start by looking for excess soot build-up, which can clog your air flow and contribute to the start of a fire. We then discern the thickness, wear, and future usability of the flue lining. Your flue lining is located between the hot gases produced from the fire and the chimney wall meant to contain the smoke and soot and direct them outside while protecting the chimney walls from heat and corrosion. We also check the materials and thickness of the chimney wall itself, looking for cracks, settling and water damage. In addition to ensuring proper clearance of combustible material from the chimney exterior. These steps and much more go into every chimney cleaning and chimney repair that the Oregon Chimney Guys tackle.
With a simple $150 Sweep and Evaluation, Oregon Chimney Guys will have a comprehensive outlook and plan for your chimney and fireplace. Our professionally licensed, and registered chimney sweep and repair team service the Eugene, Springfield and greater Lane County area. We will have your fireplace running at the optimum output in no-time, ready to fend off the Eugene, Oregon winter chill. Contact Oregon Chimney Guys for your free quote today!