If you own a chimney, you’ve probably heard time and time again that annual inspections are an extremely important part of your regular maintenance. The CSIA says so, as well as pretty much every chimney company throughout the country! There’s obviously a reason why so many support these yearly chimney inspections, but why are they so encouraged? Well, A-1 Chimney Specialist is here with the facts!
One reason why we like to perform annual inspections is so that we can spot any potential weak areas. If holes, cracks, and other damage are starting to form, we want to put a stop to it sooner rather than later. Doing so will eliminate bigger and more costly repair jobs down the line, and it will help your fireplace run smoother and more efficiently all season long.
Creosote can cause a lot of damage, due to its flammable nature and tendency to accumulate quickly in certain conditions. You can minimize buildup by burning only seasoned wood in your fireplace, maintaining good airflow, and by making sure your chimney is already warm before lighting any fires. That being said, it still always seems to find a way to form and cling to the inside of your flue or chimney.
One of the most disastrous things creosote can do is trigger chimney fires, and, the more you have, the higher your risk is for some serious issues. Chimney fires lead to cracks and holes, and they weaken your structure significantly. These things make your home more vulnerable to stray flames and any adjacent woodwork or roofing materials could easily catch fire. It’s not worth taking any risks… get those inspections scheduled right away!
Animals and outside debris tend to make their way into chimneys more than homeowners may realize. Birds will often build nests in these areas due to their durability and warm, strong walls. Raccoons, bats, and other critters like to set up camp in chimneys, too! Animals, along with any materials they bring in with them, can quickly cause clogs and blockages. This leaves you with no way to vent out hazardous fumes and smoke, and these toxins will quickly enter your living space, affecting the health of loved ones.
It’s important that we get in right away to remove these blockages before you start lighting fires. We can clear out your flue or chimney, then set up you with the right tools to prevent clogs down the line. Chimney caps, for example, are an effective and affordable way to keep animals out, as well as any other debris. Ask our experts about getting yours installed today!
With Fall upon us and temperatures dropping, our sweeps are busier than ever. Call us today, so we can set you up with an appointment as soon as possible. The sooner we check things out, the sooner we can address any issues… and we want to make certain you are good to go before the holidays arrive. Pick up the phone now!