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The Importance of Annual Sweeping and Inspection of Oil Furnace Systems and Chimney Systems

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If you have an oil-firing appliance in your home such as a fireplace or furnace, it may be because you did not want to have to deal with the mess and work of a woodburning appliance. However, owning an oil-firing appliance does not omit you from taking care of it. In fact, according to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, you should have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year, regardless of what fuel your appliance burns. If you have not yet had your chimney and appliance inspected or cleaned this year, given Guaranteed Chimney Services a call. The experts there can ensure that you have a warm and safe home this winter as well as a clean and efficient furnace or chimney system.


When you have an oil-firing system, oil soot is produced. This oil soot can build up on the walls of your chimney or pipes before falling to its base or the top of the appliance, easily blocking your chimney or pipes. This blockage will cause your appliance to run inefficiently, as byproducts of oil-firing will not be able to escape and may be redirected into your home. Carbon monoxide is one such byproduct. In other words, oil soot build up in your chimney or pipes can cause a dangerous situation for you and anyone else who lives in your home.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless and tasteless gas that is toxic and difficult to detect. In low-doses, carbon monoxide poisoning presents as common winter sicknesses such as fatigue and headaches. If not caught in time, carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to brain damage or death. One way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning is to install a carbon monoxide detector in your home. However, you should also be sure to have your appliance cleaned and inspected once a year to make sure that you don’t have leaks in the first place.

The soot produced in combustion can also cause deterioration to your chimney. This deterioration is called spalling. In order to prevent spalling from happening, a chimney service technician, such as one from Guaranteed Chimney Services, needs to be able to clean out the soot from hard to reach places in your chimney. Having your chimney cleaned once a year can prevent you from having to pay for major repairs in the long term due to major deterioration of your chimney.

If you have an oil-firing appliance, you know that you have to have an oil-burner technician inspect your appliance. You may think that this is enough to prevent any hazards. However, most oil-burner technicians will not inspect or clean your chimney system. By hiring a professional from Guaranteed Chimney Services, you will ensure that every piece of your appliance is cleaned and inspected, including the chimney and any pipes.

So if you have not yet had your oil-firing appliance cleaned or inspected this year, give Guaranteed Chimney Services a call. The experts have the experience and knowledge necessary to make sure you and your loved ones are safe from the dangers of carbon monoxide.