Be Prepared and Schedule a Chimney Inspection Now!
Of all the areas within your home that need periodic repair, your chimney is one of the areas where it pays big to be proactive rather than reactive.
Waiting for something to go wrong with your chimney – a failure of one of the components, bricks beginning to fall away, a dangerous chimney fire – will cost you much more in the long run than a chimney inspection from a certified chimney professional each year.
Why get a chimney inspection?
Well, a thorough inspection will look for 2 things:
Damage to any part of the chimney’s masonry and its components (chimney cap, flashing, crown, damper, etc.)
A potentially dangerous accumulation of creosote and/or debris inside the flue
Common Types of Damage
As chimneys and their components age, damage can begin to occur. The idea is to spot the damage early, so it can be fixed before it becomes an expensive repair project. Common types of chimney damage include:
Brick spalling (loose/falling bricks)
Water damage to the masonry or other areas
Damaged chimney liner as the result of a chimney fire or old age
Cracks in the chimney crown – which can lead to severe water damage
Improperly fitted or damaged chimney cap
Warped flashing that seals the gap between the roof and the chimney
Smoke chamber surfaces that have become rough and don’t allow for smooth drafting of smoke
Rusted or warped damper
Our chimney technicians, who are certified through the Chimney Safety Institute of America and the National Fireplace Institute, will find these and any other problems and recommend the right repair services to get them fixed quickly. Repairs could include component replacement, general chimney repair, chimney rebuilding, masonry work, tuck-pointing, waterproofing and a chimney cleaning.
A chimney inspection covers many areas with the singular goal of keeping your chimney safe to use. A chimney that is clean and free of damage is the only kind of chimney that you can operate with peace of mind.