Winter Chimney Tips for Colorado

With fall here already and winter just around the corner it’s important to spend a little time preparing your chimney for wood burning this season.

Believe it or not, a safe chimney means a safe roof. Your roof and your chimney have a symbiotic relationship

Providing maintenance for your chimney by cleaning it means you are taking steps to also protect your roof. . The integrity and the stability of one can affect the other. Waterproofing, masonry repairs and ensuring your chimney is free of potential obstructions and residue build ups can ensure your roof is sound.

Not everyone is equipped or ready to climb up on the roof and peer down the smokestack.  Be sure to hire a qualified professional chimney sweep.

Why Clean and Inspect Your Chimney?

While you are finishing up your winter preparation home and roof maintenance tasks, it is important to include a chimney inspection and cleaning in your agenda. A small chimney fire could quickly spread to your roof and cause major damage. Ensuring that your  chimney is clean and safe will save you the agony of having to call for a roof repair or complete roof replacement from 7 summits Roofing company.

While you may be more concerned about gathering wood or laying in a stock of wood pellets the most important task is to make sure your chimney is free of debris, such as nests, squirrel filberts, leaves, pine needles and that any sap or residue buildup, know as creosote, are eliminated.  A simple chimney cleaning will leave you with a sound mind while you burn your fireplace, wood or pellet stove that may be an important supplement to your other sources of home heat.

Even if you only use your fireplace or stove for ambient nights and special occasions you will still want to make sure that you are able to burn worry free throughout the winter. While you may only plan on using it a couple of time, the harsh winter of Colorado could put you in a situation where you must start a fire in order to stay warm.

Having the confidence that your Chimney is clean and will not catch fire during the season can put your mind at ease.

Clean Chimney’s Protect Your Roof From Fire Risks

The burning of materials in your fireplace, wood stove or pellet stove leaves behind ash and carbon residue. It is necessary and important for the safety of your home and family to eliminate these residues  and clean them out periodically. The buildup of burned material residue can result in a disastrous chimney fire, it can even create carbon monoxide leaks which could lead to death.

A lack of airflow though the chimney because of an obstruction to the outside can create back drafts which will fill your home with smoke and even live embers. Professionals can access your roof and clean down the chimney with special tools designed to clear debris and clean deposits from your stove pipe or brick and mortar chimney. They can inspect it to make sure that your roof is safe from any fire hazards.

The chimney is also accessed from inside the house to make sure that the entire length of the stove pipe is clear, clean and safe to burn in with no worries. If you burn three to four times a week and depending on the type of fuel you use, you may need to have an annual inspection for buildups.

Chimney sweep services are generally very affordable. It is only when you allow an excess buildup that is difficult to remove that you will encounter any extravagant costs. Frequent cleanings will actually save you more in the long run.

Wood Stoves and Chimneys

While wood stoves and fireplaces bring beauty and an alternative heat source into you home they also bring a risk to your roof if they are not well maintained. Chimney problems can lead to water damage, fire damage, smoke issues and even degrade the full longevity of your roof.

7 Summits Roofing Company wants to help you know and eliminate the risks and problems that can be created when proper maintenance or a sudden event creates a failure in your roof by way of your chimney. If you have questions please reach out to us at: (719) 453-1317

7 Summits Roofing serves Colorado Springs, Southern Colorado, Teller County, Monument and other areas of Colorado.  Contact us with your roofing maintenance, repair or replacement needs and to find out if we serve your region of Colorado.

We are here for you whether you need simple annual maintenance on the roof of your newer home or you need a completely new roof with modern materials on your older home. We’re here to help with all of your roofing needs.