Wood Stove And Fireplace Damage Avoidance Tips For Your Rochester Home
Our Technicians Help You to Recover From a Fire While Offering Preventative Tips
Whether you use a woodstove as your primary heating source or simply enjoy the ambiance of a crackling fireplace, taking care to maintain and repair your wood burning appliances is crucial to preserving your Rochester home from the devastation of a fire. Taking the time to ensure that your fireplace or woodstove operates in tip-top condition is much less stressful than arranging for the restoration of a dwelling damaged by fire.
Adding a wood stove or fireplace to an existing home requires professional installation to minimize the risk of fire damage in Rochester. Familiarize yourself with local building codes and make sure the vendor sells stoves and inserts that comply with fire and building codes. Proper ventilation is the key to preventing smoke and carbon monoxide from spreading throughout your home. One thing that may not be obvious during installation is checking for overhanging trees or vines that could catch fire on the exterior the home. Chimney caps keep debris and curious critters from falling down the chimney and blocking the flue, sending smoke and soot drifting and threatening to ignite a chimney fire.
Be vigilant about checking for hotspots and crumbling seals on wood stoves. Your chimney requires an annual inspection and cleaning. We recommend you contract with a chimney sweep who is CSIA Certified; a CSIA certified chimney sweep with 10 or more years of service in New Hampshire is a CSIA Master Chimney Sweep. A thorough cleaning reveals issues like a heavy buildup of creosote or birds nest or other blockages that contribute to the threat of a chimney fire. The sweep also may find evidence of chimney fires or overheating of which you were unaware, weakening the chimney and making it more likely to burn again. Proper repairs must be made if this is the case.
Operational Safety Measures
Keep a charged fire extinguisher within reach of your wood stove or fireplace at all times. Store matches, lighters, and any accelerant far from the source of the fire. Indoor caches of wood need to be at least three feet away from the fire, minimizing the chance of a spark setting them ablaze. Window treatments; pillows, newspaper, books, and magazines; throws and blankets; and other decor or furnishings need have that three-foot safety space as well.
Take care to dispose of the ashes safely and appropriately. Clear out old ashes regularly to avoid their dispersal throughout your home when a new fire starts. Scoop cold ashes into a metal container and store outside, far from your structure.
Invest in a screen to keep your fireplace sparks from flying out and igniting nearby objects or fixtures. The screen also keeps children and pets out of harm's way. Choose wood carefully -- seasoned hardwood burns cleaner. Buy fireplace pokers and other tools for durability and fireproof characteristics, not merely for their beauty.
Partner With A Local Fire Damage Restoration Firm
SERVPRO technicians train for the possibility that despite all your care, a fire inside your home or within your chimney may damage your property. We offer the experience and skills to restore all areas of your home damaged by a wood stove or fireplace catastrophe.
If your home suffers damage from a chimney, woodstove or fireplace disaster, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester awaits your call to (603) 743-4301. We work fast and with a restoration focus, returning your home to preloss condition as soon as practical.
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