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Fire Damage Restoration in Edgewater, NJ and 2 Important Tips for Prevention of Fireplace Fires

February 5th, 2016 · No Comments

Chimney fires pose a serious threat for homeowners. Every year such fires cause the loss of property worth millions of dollars and result in hundreds of deaths. If you have recently suffered a chimney fire, you should immediately get in touch with a firm that offers fire damage restoration in Edgewater, NJ. The following steps can help to prevent a chimney fire from devastating your home.

 Step #1: Check Fireplace Equipment and Chimney Structure

  • Check for Structural Damage: Apart from checking to make sure there is no buildup of creosote, you also need to analyze the chimney’s structural soundness. You should look for damage as well as structural failures and get them repaired immediately. Some of the signs which point towards structural damage consist of:

Rusting or corrosion of inner liners in metal chimneys.

Separation as well as buckling of seams or collapse of a metal chimney’s inner lining.

  • Incorrect Installation: Apart from structural damage, the other reason for fires is the incorrect installation of a stove or fireplace. Moreover, if a chimney is placed too close to combustible materials without adequate thermal insulation, the surrounding combustible materials may become hot and ignite.
  • Bird Nests: If there is no form of guard or screening protecting the top of the chimney, you need to check to make sure birds have not made nests inside the chimney during the summer months when the fireplace wasn’t in use. Nests inside a chimney can result in flash fire with disastrous results.

 Step #2: Cleaning and Protecting Chimneys

  1. Cleaning: If you have an open fireplace, the chimney will require cleaning at an interval of 2-3 years. If it is a metal fireplace or a wood burning stove, the cleaning should be performed on an annual basis, as these devices have fires that burn slowly which results in the production of higher amounts of creosote.
  2. Protection: The extended use of low damper settings should also be avoided. It is possible to prevent the buildup of creosote by burning dry and well seasoned wood. You need to maintain the proper amount of fire and heat in the fireplace or device you are using. As mentioned above, very low temperatures often results in increased creosote buildup. On the contrary, large and high-heat fires can damage the chimney and/or cause a chimney fire.

If a chimney fire has caused severe damage to your home and you are looking for immediate fire restoration assistance, call ServiceMaster Metropolitan. We have years of experience in fire damage restoration in Edgewater, NJ as well as the necessary equipment and expertise to restore things to the way they were before the fire.

All you have to do is call us at 1.855.560.7999. Our restoration professionals will respond as quickly as possible, analyze the extent of damage, and start restoration work.

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