Of all the things people think about getting inspected, chimneys are often overlooked and sometimes never even considered. This is unfortunate and can even be dangerous. If annual chimney inspection isn’t a priority for you now, keep reading to find out why it should be.
One of the major causes of chimney fires is creosote buildup. Creosote is a dark brown oil commonly used as a wood preservative. As more and more wood is burned in a fireplace, this oil builds up, blocks air flow, and heightens the risk of a chimney fire. Chimney inspections will be able to find any possible damage caused by creosote and if the airflow in the chimney is correct.
If you don’t have a wood burning fireplace, there’s still reason to worry. A gas fireplace chimney can still become blocked up. Things such as sticks or bird’s nests can stop airflow in a chimney, which is both dangerous and unhealthy for homeowners. A thorough inspection will allow you to find out if your chimney needs to be cleaned.
Deterioration of a chimney is something that should also be checked annually. If a chimney were to fall apart, it would cause damage to the house, perhaps even collapsing through the roof. If left unmonitored, over time it would not be able to withstand strong storms. Inspections will help eliminate the risk of chimney collapse.
These are just a few vitally important reasons to have your chimney inspected. If you have any questions about inspections, please contact us.