Here in Houston and its surrounding cities, high temperatures are all too common, even during the winter months. Because of this, knowing the safest way to operate your chimney and fireplace on even the warmest days is essential. Fortunately, here at Lords Chimney, we have the tools, training, and technology to ensure you are set up right, no matter what the weather outside is doing. If you’re looking to keep your home and family better protected through it all, talk with our team today about your needs. We’d be happy to set up a time to look things over!
Is It Safe To Build Fires On Hot Days?
When it comes down to it, fireplaces are not meant to be operated when it’s hot outside. Wood-burning units are especially temperamental in these situations, but no matter the fuel type, it is important to practice caution when attempting to light fires on hot days. Is it even possible to light a successful fire? It can be! You just need to make certain you are set up right for it.
If you have a party or festive event coming up, then you are probably hoping to get some flames going. We get it! Sometimes, a fire is all you need to create the perfect mood. So, what can be done in these situations? Well, with our help, you can still use your fire effectively and safely. Get our experts on the job to check things up and down and ensure everything is in perfect shape.
The Dangers Of Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Exposure
One of the biggest risks involved with operating a faulty fireplace on a hot day is an increased likelihood of smoke and carbon monoxide entering your home. Both of these substances can be extremely detrimental to your health, and carbon monoxide is especially threatening due to its colorless and odorless nature. This gas has been deemed “the silent killer” since detecting its presence is so hard to do with one’s basic senses.
Getting your system working perfectly is a surefire way to significantly reduce your risk of experiencing smoke back-up or gas leaks. We’re here to help with it all, and we would be happy to answer any questions you have along the way, as well. In no time, our team will have you set up right, giving you the peace of mind you deserve whenever operating your fireplace. Get us in for an inspection right away, so that we can get this process started.
What else can you do to prevent exposure to carbon monoxide? Well, being aware of the symptoms associated with exposure is very important. Most people who have breathed in this poisonous gas report feelings of nausea, dizziness, headaches, confusion, vomiting, and chest pain. Others have even reported flu-like illnesses. If you are concerned there is gas in your home, and you experience any of these things, leave the area immediately and call for help. It’s always best to practice caution!
Another vital step in keeping your home safer is investing in both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Have them installed on every floor of your house, and make sure there are some outside of all sleeping areas. Then, check them regularly to ensure they are working. It’s also a good idea to change the batteries periodically, as well as replace the units themselves every 10 years.
Have any questions? Let us know. We would love to put you on the right track for keeping your household as safe and as comfortable as possible.
Trust In Our CSIA Certified Team
Anyone from Lords Chimney who comes out to inspect your fireplace will be certified with the CSIA and equipped with everything they need to get the job done right. In fact, the owner, Lee Roff, is Texas’s only CSIA Master Chimney Sweep, which means he has undergone years of training and has held certification with the CSIA for more years than most.
When it comes right down to it, when you put your chimney in our hands, you can rest easier knowing it will function better for your home and family. And with warmer days like these upon us, you can never be too careful! Don’t put your home in the hands of someone uncertified, inexperienced, and notorious for cutting corners. Trust in us from start to finish – you and your family deserve only the best!
We Offer Repairs, Sweepings & More
So, what can be done if our professional inspection reveals bigger issues at hand? Well, an extensive sweeping can work wonders when it comes to removing creosote and ensuring no harmful clogs or obstructions are present. And if your masonry or chimney parts are in rough shape, we can fix those up, too. We can replace components, as necessary, restore your brickwork and mortar, and patch up any gaps, cracks, and holes, as needed.
And these services only scratch the surface as far as what we’re capable of! Ready to learn more? Then, the time to reach out is now. We’re only a phone call away!
Here at Lords Chimney, we take pride in putting the safety and satisfaction of our customers above it all. You won’t find experienced, professional sweeps like ours anywhere else, and we can provide you with the knowledge and advice you’re looking for to have the safest and most enjoyable holiday season yet.
Now, one key ingredient in hosting a successful Christmas gathering is a warm, blazing fire in the fireplace. That is unless your fire-building strategies always prove to be less than successful. If you want to avoid a smoke-filled living space, along with the countless other threats that accompany a poorly constructed fire, read up on some of our guidelines below.
Invest In An Inspection & Sweeping
First things first, be certain to get your annual inspection scheduled before lighting any fires and have a sweeping completed if excess creosote was spotted in your flue. By getting an inspection done every year, you guarantee more efficient fires, and you avoid countless potential threats, such as house and chimney fires, carbon monoxide exposure, gas leaks, smoke back-up, and more.
Just be sure you book this maintenance with a team of CSIA Certified Sweeps to ensure you get the most knowledgeable and in-depth analysis possible. The crew here as Lords Chimney has trained with the CSIA, and we work with a number of other reputable organizations, as well, such as the NFI and the NCSG. We would love to set you upright, so book your inspection with our experienced staff today!
Now, what you use for fuel plays an integral part in how efficiently your fires burn, and it has an impact on the health of your chimney, too. It’s essential that you burn only well-seasoned firewood in your fireplace and nothing else besides it. Although it’s tempting to throw trash in there from time to time, especially in a time of year where you’re using a lot of wrapping paper, paper plates, plastic silverware, and more, but burning these materials increases the amount of creosote that forms in your flue, and it can create some pretty smoky fires, too.
It’s also important to avoid burning wet or unseasoned wood. If your fuel hasn’t adequately dried out, then acidic water will break down your chimney’s interior system, and your fires won’t burn as nicely, either. If you want heat and efficiency from your fireplace, then well-seasoned wood is the only thing you should be burning!
How do you know that your logs are ready for use? Well, if you season your own wood, it should be fine to burn after about six months of airing out in a well-protected, but open area outside. (Be sure to store it off of the ground, too!) If you are purchasing fuel, then some key characteristics to watch out for are.
Logs that are lightweight.
Pieces that make a hollow-sounding noise when smacked together.
Logs that are split and dark on the ends.
Wood that is cut to a shorter length.
Open Your Damper
Ever light a fire only to have smoke start pouring into your living room? This is unhealthy, uncomfortable, and it can leave you with an odor that is hard to erase. It’s a common mistake for homeowners to forget to open their damper before lighting things up, so be sure yours is open before getting your evening going.
Also, if your throat damper is rusting, eroding, or getting stuck all the time, consider upgrading to a top-sealing damper. These offer an effective seal with a rubber gasket, and they work alongside your chimney cap to keep out animals, downdrafts, and excess debris. Ready to make the switch? Talk with our team today.
Warm The Flue
It’s a good idea to light a roll of newspaper and hold it in your flue for a bit to get things primed and ready before lighting your fire. Why is this recommended? Well, otherwise you’ll be fighting the cold air in your chimney, which can overpower any smoke going up and push it back into your home. If you heat things up ahead of time, you could save yourself a lot of stress and hassle.
Study Fire Safety Tips
A fire in your home means there is always an increased risk of experiencing a gas leak, house fire, chimney fire, and more. Be sure you know the best ways to avoid a disaster in your home and have a plan in place should a fire occur. Map things out ahead of time and have your family practice different escape routes. It’s also important to pick a meeting spot outside of the home so that everyone knows where to meet up and check-in in the event of an emergency.
Also, remember to never leave a fire unattended. When it’s late and you’re tired, it may be tempting to simply fall asleep and let the flames die out on their own, but this has caused many accidents. It simply isn’t worth the risk. We also urge all of our customers to invest in multiple smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, as these are often the first or only things to offer any warning signs of danger.
Don’t Wait – Call Lords Chimney Today
If your chimney is in need of care, then there’s no time to lose. Count on the qualified and experienced technicians at Lords Chimney soon. We serve the counties of Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Austin, Galveston, and Wharton, and we would love to help you out. Call today!