Are Chimney Inspections Necessary?
This is a very good question. Like any other appliance of your home, general maintenance cannot be ignored. Your chimney goes through a lot of wear and tear over the course of the fire-burning season. It is important to keep up with the maintenance. It could be a serious issue if you have creosote buildup or an obstruction.
There are many different types of Chimney inspections. Contact Burlington Fireplace to learn more about options and which one is right for you. It is recommended by CSIA to have your chimney inspected once a year. At Burlington Fireplace we have trained technicians ready to help you.
Here Are Some Issues That May Arise Over The Course Of the Year.
When you use your fireplace, creosote, a black sticky substance will build up in your chimney. Take a stick and scratch the inside of your chimney, if a black substance is scratched off, this is creosote. When you burn wood the vapors and smoke flow through the hot surface of your fireplace. As it reaches the cooler part of your chimney it sticks to it causing creosote. This can be quite dangerous as it is flammable. It can cause damage to your fireplace, masonry as well as your home.
With the weather cooling down. What better place than a warm home for small animals to find a place of shelter than your chimney? Small animals drag twigs and debris in to form a nest. Dead branches from the shedding trees fall into your fireplace. A clogged chimney invites smoke and toxic vapors into your home. Getting a chimney inspection to clear all the obstructions from your chimney.
Some insurance policies won’t cover your chimney damage if you haven’t had an annual chimney inspection in over a year. Don’t be caught not knowing.
You can’t visualize the complete chimney on your own. It is important to have your annual inspection to visualize the inside of your chimney. Along with this, the other components of your chimney need to be seen. You won’t know until it is too late if there is an issue with your crown, flue liner, or cap.
Why Get An Inspection Sooner?
- If you have experienced any weather issues, you may want to get a chimney inspection earlier than a year.
- If there was a natural disaster that may have altered the structure of your home or chimney such as a hurricane.
- If you had a fire in the home or in the chimney, this would be a good reason to get an early inspection.
If you haven’t called for a chimney inspected in quite a while, now is the time to act. Don’t put it off any longer. Call us at 262-763-3522 or fill out our online contact form to book your chimney inspection today.
If you live in our service area we will be happy to set up an appointment that works with your schedule!