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Fire Damage Restoration in Wayne, NJ and Useful Steps for Preventing Fireplace Fires

January 14th, 2016 · No Comments

During the winter the use of wood stoves, fireplaces, and similar types of wood-fired devices is quite common. Unfortunately, such devices pose serious fire risks. According to statistics, in rural areas almost 36% of residential fires are heating device-related fires. If you have suffered from a fire you need to immediately get in touch with a company providing fire damage restoration in Wayne, NJ so the damage to your property and belongings can be minimized.

There are several reasons for fireplace fires, and one of the primary causes is buildup of creosote in the chimney or stovepipe. In the following material we will go through two important steps which can help to prevent fireplace fires.

Step 1: Keep Wood Stoves and Fireplaces Clean

  • Have your wood stove and fireplace pipes and chimney inspected as well as cleaned on an annual basis by a certified chimney expert.
  • Keep the area around the fireplace or stove clear of all flammable materials.
  • For fireplaces, utilize metal mesh screens and keep glass doors ajar while the fire is
  • To monitor stove pipe flue temperatures, utilize a stove pipe thermometer.
  • Make sure air inlets for wood stoves remain open and there is unrestricted air supply for the fireplace. If air flow becomes blocked the buildup of creosote will start which    could eventually result in a chimney fire.
  • Fire resistant materials should be used under and around all areas near a wood

Step 2: Burn Fuels Safely

  • Avoid using flammable liquids for starting the fire.
  • You should only utilize seasoned hardwood. Wood that is moist and soft will facilitate creosote buildup.
  • While large roaring fires can be impressive, build smaller fires to decrease chimney or stove pipe fire potential.
  • Avoid burning debris, trash, or cardboard in your wood stove or fireplace.
  • At the time fire is being built, make sure the logs are placed at the rear of your fireplace over a supporting grate.
  • When cleaning the wood stove or fireplace, place the ashes in a metal container, soak them in water, and then place the  container outside a safe distance from the

If your home has suffered damage due to a wood stove or fireplace fire, you need to get in touch with ServiceMaster Metropolitan as soon as possible. We have many years of experience in fire damage restoration in Wayne, NJ.

Our technicians have the necessary certification, training, and experience to properly judge the degree of damage and quickly begin restoration work. Immediate action can help reduce loss and ensure your precious items are restored in the best possible manner.

Give us a call on our emergency hot line – 1.855.560.7999. We will immediately dispatch our technicians to assess the damage and begin restoration work.

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