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Extending Chimney Life

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Let the service pros at Top Hat Outdoor Living assist you in creating your ideal outdoor living space. Give us a call today!

When thinking of ways to spend your hard-earned savings this summer, chimney problems are not where you want those extra dollars to go. There are a few things you can do to make sure that your chimney’s lifespan is as long as it can be. To learn more about how Top Hat Outdoor Living can help you, give us a call today!

Chimney Sweeps

The most important thing you can do for your fireplace and chimney is to have it cleaned by a CSIA-certified chimney sweep, as this is the only way to truly remove dangerous creosote buildup. Creosote is a sticky chemical residue that is formed when wood is burned at lower-than-optimal temperatures and is capable of building up within your chimney. As the gas moves up the chimney, the oils are deposited on the inner walls of your chimney. This buildup decreases the amount of open space through which harmful combustion gases and smoke can pass. When this happens, odor can be caused in the home; another undesirable consequence is the increased risk of a chimney fire.

Keep up with Repairs

When your chimney needs to be repaired you should give it attention sooner rather than later. If there are cracks in your chimney, you should have them fixed immediately both to prevent it from worsening and to keep water intrusion to a minimum. Water can also get in when the flashing is loose or damaged. If water gets into your chimney, it creates optimal conditions for the growth of mold. If mold is allowed to spread, it can eventually spread throughout your home. Also, you want to make sure your chimney cap is properly installed and working.

Waterproofing

It is recommended that if you live in a wet area that you have your chimney waterproofed. This can be done in a day’s time after you’ve had the chimney swept and the structure cleaned. Chimney technicians will spray a coat of water repellent on the outside of your chimney. It is recommended that this be done on a clear day; will take about six hours to dry. In some cases, you may need to have two coats applied.

Chimney systems are made up of numerous parts, all of which should be inspected by your chimney professional during your yearly chimney inspection and sweeping. To prevent major chimney system repairs, it’s crucial to make minor repairs as soon as the need for them arises. Contact the team at Top Hat Outdoor Living with any and all of your chimney service related questions. We want you to have all of the information you need!

The Science of Combustion

If you’re asking why it’s important to know about the the science of combustion, the answer is simple. It can help you get an efficient, energy saving, and safe fire going.

Being familiar with the combustion process will help you maximize your heating system's performance, save money, and ensure safety in your home.

Being familiar with the combustion process will help you maximize your heating system’s performance, save money, and ensure safety in your home.

Fire Safety

Preventing a fire is not something you can guarantee…but, you can minimize your risk by taking some simple steps. And in case of the worst case scenario – everyone living with you needs to know what to do in case a fire breaks out in your home.

How long has it been since you checked the batteries in your smoke alarm? Try to do it when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time.

How long has it been since you checked the batteries in your smoke alarm? Try to do it when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time.

Fire Safety Tips

Never Underestimate a Fire

It's better to be safe than sorry. Know the basics of fire safety so that you'll sleep each night with peace.

It’s better to be safe than sorry. Know the basics of fire safety so that you’ll sleep each night with peace.

While a chimney can look like all fun and games, there are some serious maintenance tasks that must be done to keep the unit running safely and efficiently. This includes an annual chimney sweep and inspection. To schedule your appointment contact Top Hat Outdoor Living. There are also some basic fire safety tips that you should know if you plan to be around a fire. First, you need to make sure that the fire you’re building is safe. When you go out to collect your wood make sure you know the difference in what kind is good and bad. Using bad wood can cause more smoke and leads to more particles that create creosotes.

Basic Fire Safety

Once you have the fire ready and burning you should know how to behave around it, especially children. Always make sure that youngsters and pets are always supervised. Also, if you are hesitant in knowing if something is flammable or not, keep it away from the fire. However the fireplace is not the only spot in your home where a fire can start. Electrical fires are a common danger to households. Make sure that you are using all of your appliances correctly as directed in the manual and always turning them off when not in use. Lastly, do not overload the outlet with too many plug-ins.

Plan for the Worst

Everyone can try to prevent a fire but even in the worse situations accidents can happen. First, make sure you have at least one smoke alarm in the home. It is wise to add more if there are multiple levels or a large floor plan. Sprinklers are also a great addition to the home and are inexpensive. In the event that your home does catch fire, you need to have a complete escape plan. This plan should include a meeting place far enough from the property incase the flames being to spread. If you have children or elderly in your home, it is not a bad idea to practice routine drills to make sure everyone is still able to use their method to escape the home. Every room should have two escape routes incase one is blocked. No one likes to think about this tragic situation but it never hurts to be too prepared for your family’s safety.