With summer a glimmer in the distance, fall is fully upon us once again. That means it’s time for residents of Corvallis to call the Oregon Chimney Guys to prepare your fireplaces and chimneys for fall and winter.
Get Your Annual Chimney Sweep & Inspection
It’s important to contact a certified chimney sweep in Corvallis for your annual chimney sweep and inspection before you light your first fire. Having your chimney and fireplace inspected and cleaned every year is important in order to avoid creosote buildup which can cause chimney fires and other hazards. Over the summer, creosote deposits may have accumulated and hardened creating potential fire hazards.
During your inspection, your professional chimney sweep will examine every aspect of the interior and exterior of your fireplace and chimney. This includes the flue, lining, doors, damper, gaskets and ash dump. They will also look out for any signs of deterioration, leaks, and pest activity.
Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
If you have any type of controlled fire in your home, it is important to periodically test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Checking the batteries is rather simple. Most smoke detectors have a button you can press to test if the alarm is working properly. There is also something called “crisis testing” which involves actually using smoke materials to test if the system is operating correctly, rather than just testing the batteries. You can crisis test by lighting a candle or incense stick and holding it about a foot below the detector.
Make Repairs to your Chimney and Fireplace
It’s important to make necessary repairs to your chimney and fireplace before lighting your first fire. During your annual inspection, your chimney sweep will make note of any repairs that need to be conducted. The Oregon Chimney Guys also specialize in chimney repairs and replacement in Corvallis.
For more information on preparing your fireplace and chimney, or for information about all our chimney services in Corvallis, contact the Oregon Chimney Guys.