We want to make this clear up front: we’re not writing this post to scare you.
But the fact remains that a leading cause of home-heating fires is creosote build-up in people’s chimneys. That’s according to the National Fire Protection Association, which recommends having your chimney cleaned each year.
Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why an annual, professional chimney cleaning is a good idea:
1. It’s good for your health
A chimney that’s blocked or that has a malfunctioning flue can send carbon monoxide spewing into your home. This deadly gas is produced whenever fuel is burned. In low amounts, it can cause nausea, dizziness, headaches and fainting.
It can be fatal, of course, but even lower-level exposure to CO1 gas can lead to permanent brain damage or organ damage.