There’s nothing that compares to the warmth and relaxing ambiance of a fire. But if you want to safely enjoy the fireplace in your home, you’ll need to ensure the chimney is properly maintained. Today we’re going to take a look at some common chimney problems.
1) Cracked Flue
One of the most common chimney problems is a cracked flue. The flue is a duct or opening in the chimney that allows smoke and exhaust gasses to escape. If the flue cracks, heat from the fireplace can enter areas of the home where it shouldn’t be, melting insulation and potentially sparking a house fire.
Most chimneys are constructed with either a clay tile or stainless steel flue lining. While clay tile lining is the cheapest, it offers the least protection from cracking. A simple inspection can reveal cracks or problems in your chimney’s flue.
2) Creosote Buildup
Burning wood produces more than just smoke; it produces a thick tar-like substance known as creosote. Over time, creosote may build up inside the chimney, creating a serious and dangerous fire hazard.
To prevent the buildup of creosote, soot and other byproducts, have your chimney inspected and cleaned on a regular basis.
3) Broken Chimney Damper
A third problem that many homeowners experience with their chimney is a broken damper. Typically found just above the firebox is a shutter-like object that seals the fireplace when it’s not being used. Known as the “damper,” it plays a key role in the function of a fireplace. When you aren’t burning a fire, you should leave the damper closed to prevent critters from entering your home, and to prevent thermal energy from escaping.
If the damper is broken, however, it may remain open or closed at all times. If it’s closed, you shouldn’t use your fireplace. With a closed damper, the smoke and its byproducts will remain trapped inside your home.
If you’re experiencing any of these or other chimney problems, contact us today. With more than 30 years of experience, Fiddler on the Roof is California’s premier chimney cleaning and repair service provider.