Fireplaces have been inside homes across the world for centuries because they provided warmth, allowed your ancestors to cook food, and offered a sense of security. Today your family can still gather around a hearth and enjoy the comfort and warmth a fire has to offer. To make sure your family stays safe all winter long, check for these four common chimney problems and make chimney repair a priority each year.
Nesting animals such as birds and squirrels love to use the warm, safe space of a chimney to create a home for their young. Falling debris of dislodged materials inside the chimney can also cause blockages. When they occur, the obstructions can cause smoke and gases back into your home or limit the amount of draft your fire has.
Creosote is produced by burning wood. It is a dark oil that is thick enough to cling to the sides of your chimney and can cause a thick buildup of wood-tar creosote after only one season of wood burning if the wood is not properly dried. The tar substance can become a fire danger and should be cleaned by chimney repair professionals each year.
Over the years, the corrosive gasses from your fireplace can eat at the sides of your flue, and holes can appear. This can allow those gases to escape through the voids and sometimes settle back into your home. A yearly inspection can check for holes or cracks in the flue.
The crown of your chimney is a cap that keeps water from entering on a rainy day. If the crown becomes damaged or develops any cracks, water, debris, and animals can enter the area and cause big problems. This can be especially true after a large windstorm containing flying fragments.
Keeping your family safe and warm as they gather around the fireplace is as easy as having a yearly chimney repair inspection. A technician can quickly clean, inspect, and repair your fireplace and chimney and give you peace of mind.