Once used as a method of heating a home, modern fireplaces are a luxury and selling point of homes. A home with a fireplace can increase its value by a much as $12,000. Properly maintaining a chimney with a chimney caps, chimney flue liners and regular cleanings will keep your home in top shape for years to come.
The chimney sweep profession developed during the medieval era. Creosote can build up inside a chimney and lead to chimney fires. In the medieval era it was not uncommon for entire towns to burn to the ground every decade or so. A well fitting steel chimney liners and chimney caps can limit the possibility for creosote buildup in the chimney. Creosote fires continue to be problems, around 15,000 homes experience chimney fires annually.
Chimney covers and liners go a long way for preventing chimney fires. Getting chimney sweep service will also minimize the possibility of chimney fires. Chimney sweeps used to be children who could fit in tiny spaces they could easily access. In 1840, the use of children as chimney sweeps was banned.
Maintaining a fireplace and chimney with liners and chimney caps is not difficult and can mean you will enjoy your fireplace for a long time.