Did you know, according to recent statistics, there are over 25,000 chimney fires a year that result in over $125 million in property damage? An improperly maintained chimney can quickly turn into a house fire. A properly inspected chimney is important to ensure the health and safety of your home.
There are several benefits to having annual inspections and subsequent cleanings of your chimney:
Inspect and Clear Debris
Each year, wind, rain and snow can cause debris to fall on or near your chimney which can become a hazard if not properly removed. Debris such as leaves or branches could block toxic smoke from venting away from the home which can be deadly. Animals will occasionally take up residence in a chimney by building a nest. Regular chimney inspections and cleanings will ensure there is nothing blocking the smoke from leaving the home properly.
Check for Cracks and Damage
An inspection is completed to check for cracks or damage. Improper construction failing to leave space between the flue line and the chimney sides prevents a gap for expansion and could lead to cracking of the flue or surrounding brick. Water leaks are also common and are caused by a missing cap, defective flashing or open motor joints. A proper inspection and diagnosis of these problems will lead our team to quickly and efficiently make repairs.
Investigate Creosote Buildup
Creosote is a substance that forms in the chimney after smoke reaches the top of the chimney and forms condensation. The condensation then hardens to form creosote. It can look like tar and have a sticky texture or it may be black and smooth. Any excessive buildup of creosote in a fireplace is extremely hazardous. Not only is it flammable, but it can also create a blockage in the chimney which will prevent smoke from venting properly.
Annual inspections are recommended to keep your chimney in peak condition for continued use year after year. For more information, including scheduling an inspection, contact us today.