Most folks will use their chimney sometime over the winter season, and before you do, at least check the following basics for operation… Check the flu to make sure it is operating properly. (I value each of you and would not want anyone to meet their maker prematurely)… Even if it is, if possible please take a strong flashlight and look up the stack and make sure you are not about to roast a critter. It happens more often than you think, a critter (raccoon, squirrel, birds, etc) can make a home near the top of the stack. Any obstruction can cause a dangerous back up of fumes/smoke into your home.
There is no good way to check a fireplace and escape with clean hands–let alone clothing. Having a chimney service clean and inspect your chimney is a wise thing to do. They will inspect the fire box, damper/flu, and condition of the chimney itself. They will also inspect gas ignition systems and lines for leaks too. Like anything else, fireplaces deteriorate over time and a trained eye looking things over will provide peace of mind before starting that 1st fire for the season.
Please call Sontag Home Services at (262) 215-9587 for more information on Chimney Cleaning for homes in Lake Geneva, Delavan, and nearby Wisconsin Communities.