If you burn wood for heat or have a fireplace that you enjoy in the cooler part of the year, it is important to take some time to have the chimney inspected, cleaned, and any damage repaired regularly. Damage to the chimney can become a large problem and is one of the leading causes of house fires. The chimney is designed to contain the heat, ash, embers, and smoke from the fire and safely remove them from the home. If the chimney isn't doing that, then there is a problem that needs to be addressed.
Cleaning The Chimney
Before the chimney in your home can be inspected properly, it needs to be cleaned. In some cases, the inspection and the cleaning can be done by the same company, and in others, it may be different companies doing the work. Some people prefer to clean their own chimney, and if you have the tools to do it properly, it can save some money. If you do not have the brushes and tools required, it is better to hire a chimney sweep and not risk damage to the chimney or a poor cleaning job.
Having the chimney inspected is important and is the best way to ensure that there are no cracks in the liner or damage to the tiles in inside. If you have had a chimney fire recently, the heat may have damaged the inside of the chimney, leaving cracks or openings that can allow heat to escape into the surrounding wood structure. The result could be a house fire if you were to continue using the chimney without repairing it. The inspector will be looking for damage like this as well as other signs of damage that can cause a safety issue in the chimney.
Repairing The Damage
If the inspector finds damage to the chimney or the liner, they will recommend that you have it fixed before you use it again. Getting the repair work done can be a major job, and the work should be done by a mason so that you can be sure it is done right. A chimney that is repaired improperly is no better than the damaged chimney that you started with and could be worse if it is not right. If you are using a general contractor to deal with the work of replacing or repairing the chimney, they will need to make sure that the mason they hire is familiar with chimney work for you. If you are not sure that they are, ask. After all, this is your home and your family's safety that is at risk, and you need to be sure that the work is done right.
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