When it comes to fireplace safety, it starts with hearth installation. When you choose a fireplace, stove, or insert, you need the services of a professional chimney sweep. White Glove Chimney and Air Duct installs all of our hearth products according to manufacturer specifications and local and federal fire safety codes. We know that an improper hearth installation can result in fire, carbon monoxide poisoning, and more.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
The chimney system is designed to vent the fire so that smoke, particulate pollution, and hazardous gases are taken outside the house. Carbon monoxide causes up to 400 accidental deaths in the US per year and more injuries and hospitalizations than that. Carbon monoxide is sometimes called “the silent killer” because it goes unnoticed until it causes significant damage. A big carbon monoxide leak can mean sudden symptoms that lead to death, and a slow leak can cause flu-like symptoms that results in organ failure over time. Carbon monoxide intrusion is a life-threatening experience can be prevented by installing carbon monoxide detectors. Hiring a professional chimney sweep and installing detectors is the best thing you can do to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
Chimney and Hearth Fire
When installing a new appliance, your chimney sweep should take proper measurements, and use appropriate materials for a safe fire. It is not safe to install a stove in a corner without refractory panels or fire bricks to protect the structure from high heat. A fireplace insert should be installed with a custom flue liner. When doors, fire screens, and any other component is added to the heart, it should be secured properly. These are all things that a professional knows, but an amateur or homeowner will not know the necessary precautions to take.
Damage and Frequent Repairs
The firebox is the most under-serviced portion of the entire chimney system and endures the most abuse. The firebox ensures concentrated heat and should be constructed to withstand it. If the fireplace isn’t constructed of the proper fire bricks, it will become damaged quickly and need frequent repairs. If the high heat doesn’t cause a fire, it can cause structural materials of the home to become weakened. This type of damage can be catastrophic for a house, especially when combined with seismic activity that can affect the structure, like that in California.