In the United States, there are an estimated 25,000 chimney fires each year. Follow these guidelines to prevent a fire from starting in your chimney. When you need professional chimney cleaning from a trustworthy professional, contact F & M Services in Avondale, AZ. Get a Professional Inspection A professional chimney inspection should be performed once a year. Damaged chimneys can be difficult to spot, and ignoring the issue could result in a fire. During an inspection, your chimney, fireplace, and venting system will be thoroughly checked by a professional chimney sweep to ensure they are free of damage. There are three levels of chimney inspections: the first involves inspecting the fireplace and chimney, the second uses video scanning to check less accessible parts of the chimney, and the third includes partially disassembling the chimney to look for more extensive damage. Reduce Creosote Build-up When you light a fire, creosote builds upon the walls of your fireplace and chimney, forming a black or brown residue. Many chimney fires are caused by this highly flammable substance. Burn only seasoned wood with a moisture content of less than 20 percent to reduce creosote build-up. Creosote also accumulates when there is an absence of air supply, which can happen when keeping the doors of your fireplace closed for too long. Make sure there is enough air by occasionally opening the fireplace doors and damper widely. Keeping Your Chimney Clean Check how much build-up is on the chimney’s walls to determine when it’s time to clean it. If there is more than 1/8 inch of build-up, it is time to clean. Whenever you need a thorough cleaning, our chimney sweeps will leave the area as good as new. Chimney Cleaning in Avondale When you want to keep your chimney safe and clean, start with professional chimney cleaning. To schedule a cleaning in Avondale, AZ, or throughout the Greater Phoenix community, reach out to F & M Services. With more than a decade of experience, you can trust our team to perform chimney cleaning quickly and affordably. Give us a call at (480) 531-8011 to request a free estimate or to schedule a chimney cleaning in Avondale, AZ, or the surrounding areas.

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