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Fire Damage Restoration in Hamburg, NJ and Ways Homeowners Can Recognize and Prevent Chimney Fires

March 4th, 2016 · No Comments

Chimney fires are a risk for homeowners and can cause significant damage or even destroy your home. If your home has experienced a chimney fire it is imperative that you contact a firm for fire damage restoration in Hamburg, NJ to prevent further damage to your property and provide thorough restoration services to protect and save your belongings.

 Signs of a Chimney Fire

There can be instances when your chimney may have experienced a fire without you knowing about it. That is why it is important for you to regularly check your chimney for signs of a past chimney fire and take preventative measures as needed. If, during an inspection, you find the following problems, you should have your chimney professionally inspected immediately:

  • Honeycombed or puffy creosote.
  • Flue tiles that are cracked or missing large chunks.
  • Presence of creosote flakes on roof.
  • Exterior masonry with visible cracks.
  • Warping of metal connector pipe of smoke chamber, damper, or of metal chimney.
  • Distorted or discolored rain cap.
  • Traces of smoke coming out of mortar joints of tile liners or masonry.
  • Damage to roofing material due to hot creosote.

 Useful Tips to Prevent Chimney Fires

To prevent chimney fires, you should check the following on a regular basis:

  • Inspect all of the electrical components which are part of the wood burning unit, such as the blowers.
  • Verify the integrity of flame arresters as well as the chimney’s stove pipe.
  • For gas operated fireplaces, check the piping and fittings for the gas supply, and ensure the pilot light is functioning correctly.
  • Reduce creosote buildup by creating fires that burn hot. This will result in the complete combustion of the fuel and reduce the formation of creosote.
  • It is better to burn hardwoods such as maple, ash, or hickory, but only after they are seasoned for about a year.
  • Never burn treated wood, construction scraps, boughs from evergreens, or trash in your fireplace.

 The Importance of a Professional Chimney Sweep

Hiring a professional chimney sweep is crucial to ensure proper and safe maintenance of a chimney. Aside from cleaning the chimney, an experienced chimney sweep will inspect for any cracks occurring because of settling, analyze whether liners have been damaged, and determine if other types of repairs due to aging or weathering may be needed.

If your home has been affected by a fire, regardless of the cause, contact ServiceMaster Metropolitan immediately for fire damage restoration in Hamburg, NJ and across northern New Jersey. Call our emergency contact number, 1.855.560.7999, and we will dispatch our team of restoration professionals to your home to begin the salvage and restoration work. We have the required expertise, certification, experience, and equipment to handle fire damage of any scale.

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