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Chimney Inspection is an Important Part of Having a Safe Chimney

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Each season, it is imperative that you have your chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional. There are several areas both inside and outside of the chimney and fireplace the technician will check and clean. If any of these areas show abnormal wear or damage, the technician will recommend a course of action. Here are some areas that may require restoration upon inspection.

Chimney restoration will help keep your chimney safe

  • Chimney Liner – over time, the liner of the chimney can become damaged from regular use. In addition, the liner may be damaged from outside issues, such as water in the system that can cause structural damage. Your technician will present the best alternatives based on the type of flue you currently have and the extent of the damage.
  • Firebox – this is probably the area of your fireplace and chimney that takes the most significant damage every season due to the high temperatures. The technician will check for things such as loose or damaged bricks as well as warped or cracked panels if it is a prefabricated fireplace.
  • Chimney Cap – this small piece of the chimney plays one of the most important roles in protecting your chimney. If you do not already have one in place, the technician will more than likely recommend installing one. If it is damaged, it must be replaced or fixed. This prevents things like water and birds from getting into your chimney, but also prevents embers from leaving the chimney and potentially causing a fire.
  • Dampers – the damper basically opens and closes your chimney from the outside air source. If the damper is damaged, you may not be able to open the flue when it is in use, causing a backdraft of smoke into the home. If it is stuck open, you are paying to heat the great outdoors. Either way, this needs to be fixed or replaced if damaged.
  • Waterproofing – by treating the chimney with a waterproofing agent, the chimney will deflect damp elements, such as snow and rain, rather than allow them to penetrate the brick. This can save the homeowner significant money down the road in repairs.