Ever wonder what goes on inside your chimney? Let’s face it, most people are content using it when needed and forgetting it until the next season rolls around. We get it; not everyone is fascinated by chimneys like we are, but we picked 5 things that might give you a different view of your beloved hearth!

1.) Chimney birds are federally protected5 Things to Know About Your Chimney - Lexington KY - SirVent Lexington

Who knew!? Even if these house guests have outstayed their welcome in your home, they are still protected by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, so if you want them gone, you’re going to have to wait until they migrate south for the winter. Chimney Swifts, yup that’s their actual name, are usually gone by early November, leaving you free to call the experts over at SirVent Lexington to come and remove the nests and install a barrier to prevent future visits. This will keep your birds nesting out in trees, where you can enjoy them.

2.) Chimney fires number 20,000+ each year

Yikes! On average, 25,000 chimney fires occur each year and are responsible for over $125,000,000 in property damage. A chimney fire can reach temperatures of over 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and witnesses report a roaring sound similar to a freight train. The results are devastating to any homeowner, as these fires can easily spread and ignite the rest of the home. On the plus side, these disastrous fires can be prevented with regular maintenance.

3.) Creosote is a suspected carcinogen

One of the natural byproducts of burning wood in your fireplace is creosote. Never heard of it? Creosote is a foul-smelling substance that is dark in color and can appear as a brittle, flakey substance or a hardened glaze. It is also a suspected carcinogen (cancer-causing agent). Over time this substance builds up on the interior of the chimney flue and increases the risk of a chimney fire. Another important reason to keep up with your annual chimney sweep & inspection.

4.)Your Chimney is unique, like you, so it needs unique care

Chimneys come in many shapes and sizes. Some heat entire homes, others provide cozy atmosphere, but rest assured SirVent Lexington takes care of them all.

5.) Annual chimney inspection is recommended

Think about it: no one wants to be distracted with worries about birds, fires and cancer causing carcinogens when then are cuddling up in the cooler months. So put SirVent on your calendar now! The Chimney Safety Institute of America, the National Fire Protection Association, and the American Lung Association all recommend annual sweep & inspection to keep your chimney up to code and as safe as possible for use.

If you can’t remember the last time someone cleaned your home’s chimney, don’t take any chances. Call (859) 241-1182 or visit www.sirventlexington.com to schedule your annual Sweep & Inspection today!