It is getting cooler outside as we are entering the autumn months here in the high desert of Albuquerque, NM. This season is so beautiful in our area. The colors of the trees, the majestic mountains, the cool mornings, the light spectrum, all of the wonderful attributes of living here in the high mountain desert. Many home owners here have wood burning fire places or wood burning stoves. This is the time of year when most home owners may want to use their fire places for the first time of the season.
As your local Home Inspector Albuquerque I must caution you to please have your fireplace inspected first by one of your choice local home inspection companies to ensure that your fireplace is safe to proceed in burning any wood or pellet fueled products. Many homeowners neglect to inspect annually the fireplace in their home. This is not a good or safe practice. Throughout time and usage of wood or pellet fueled fireplaces. The spent fuel by-products of creosote can build up and line the walls of the flue. This creosote can become super heated and ignite and engulf the chimney chase in flames. It can be extremely hazardous and may catch the house on fire.
It is recommended by competent Albuquerque Home Inspectors to schedule annually a fireplace inspection or hire a chimney sweep service to clean out the flue and make sure the damper and interior fireplace fire walls are in good condition. If the fire walls within a fireplace are compromised by severe thermal cracking in any place this could be an entry point for super heated gases to enter the fire chase, which can ultimately lead to a fire
hazard for the house. If there is a manufactured gas fireplace installed in the house and the gas line is not properly sealed to feed the combustion, the fire may seek oxygen through the unsealed space and may become a potential fire hazard.
Fireplaces and wood burning stoves are great ways to efficiently heat a house and to also enjoy their timely ambiance but they are also fixtures of the home that need to be serviced and maintained adequately to remain safe. There maybe some defects to your fireplace or wood burning stove that you may not be aware of. It would really serve you well as a homeowner to hire a trusted local home inspection company to help you gain a greater understanding of the current condition of your fireplace. Most home inspectors will evaluate the interior of the fireplace and it’s working parts, but will also get on the roof of the house to inspect from the top down to help to identify if there are any hazards or defects present that may need to be addressed before actually lighting your first seasonal fire.
As your local Home Inspector Albuquerque I care about your family’s safety and well being. I want you to enjoy your fireplace with your family this season without any mishaps. So, again I encourage you to have your fireplace inspected before you use it this season and be safe.
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