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Creosotes & Other Chimney Problems

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Better safe than sorry could be considered a correct phrase to use when referring to your chimney.  It is important that you have your annual maintenance done on your chimney on time and by someone who knows what they are doing.  This is usually a sweep and basic inspection, and should be done by a professional technician that is certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America.  At the beginning of every season is when you should schedule, not just when you feel that something may be going wrong.  However, if you do feel that there is a problem you should call someone immediately to prevent harm toward, you, your family, or your home.  Homestead Chimney has a group of experienced professionals ready to help with any repairs of questions you may have.

It is much easier and less expensive to intervene early when your chimney shows signs of wear and tear.

It is much easier and less expensive to intervene early when your chimney shows signs of wear and tear.

Creosotes are a number one problem when causing malfunctions in chimneys.  Creosotes are formed when byproducts of burnt wood builds up on the side of the firebox area, and could eventually cause blockages that could lead to fire.  Also, if they are to build up on a throat damper it could prevent the metal plate from opening and closing correctly.  However, your annual sweep can prevent this problem.  Animals can also cause damage to the chimney when they bring in different types of material to bring nests, which could block the airflow.

Moisture can also harm the chimney as well.  It can be brought in off twigs and animals, but more commonly the weather.  When rain or melted snow gets inside of the structure it can rust the inside of the chimney.  If temperatures get low enough the water can freeze and thaw, overtime cracking the mortar.  If the water gets in an existing crack, it can mold and spread to the other parts of the home.  If you install a chimney cap it can work against letting the water in.  Settlement is another common issue and can cause a crack in the flue system, which means that carbon monoxide or smoke can get into the home and your air supply.  It is important to have any flue issue resolved immediately for the health of everyone in your home.

Call us today and lets get started improving the performance of your system.