You may not be ready, but like it or not fall is here . Soon the days will be cooler and the leaves on the trees will change and fall. The month started out rather warm and we still are having warm days but we will start having more and more damp and cooler days. Its the perfect time to get ready for winter. The week of September 27 through October 3rd is National Chimney Safety Week.
Since the chimney sits idle for several months at a time and is not used on a daily basis it becomes lost in memory. Until, that is, it is needed at which time it may not be ready for use. The neglect it has seen during the summer may have left it needing to be cleaned. This neglect may lead to a 911 call because of the danger it now possess. Fires can start for a variety of reasons. The national Fire Protection Association recommends annual chimney inspections, cleaned when needed. You can located a chimney sweet by visiting CSIA and inserting your zip code.
Many of us initially think of wood burning fire chimneys but those are not the only ones that need inspected. Gas burning fireplaces, natural gas or propane logs that do not produce visible soot still deposit a fair amount of corrosive substance into the chimney.