When & Why to Schedule a Chimney Inspection

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05/30/21

Cold, outdoor temperatures mean more of us are huddled around our household fireplaces, basking in the cozy warmth. But fireplaces can turn from sources of comfort to sources of concern if chimneys are neglected. Considered more as a piece of architectural interest than a part of our heating system, chimneys are frequently neglected. Learn when and why you should schedule a chimney inspection to better understand this important household feature.

Contact Chimney.com today to schedule your annual chimney inspection to ensure proper health and safety measures are in place.

Chimney Inspections Prevent Fires

First and foremost, chimney inspections prevent fires. The National Fire Protection Agency recommends that fireplaces and chimneys be inspected every year. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) reports that 25,000 chimney fires occur annually in the U.S. These fires cause over $125 million in property damage, along with tragic death and injury.

Burning a fire in your fireplace results in chimney soot accumulation and creosote buildup. Creosote is an oily tar-like byproduct from burning wood. This flammable byproduct is hazardous as it clings to the chimney lining—the more creosote in your chimney, the greater your risk of a chimney fire. Animal nests in your chimney can also lead to fires. A chimney inspector will make sure that any animals or creosote are removed from your chimney so that you are protected from these chimney fire triggers.

Chimney Inspections Stop Carbon Monoxide Intrusion

Most of us give little thought to how our heating system really works. When the weather turns cold, we simply turn up the heat. But your furnace exhaust system relies on your chimney and connector pipe to release harmful flue gases from your living environment. Flue obstructions can cause harmful vapors to invade your living environment. Carbon monoxide can be deadly if too much of it permeates your bloodstream. Even low-level exposure can cause sickness and symptoms, some of which are irreversible.

Chimney Inspections Get Ahead of Potential System Issues

Often, chimney damage is not visible to the untrained eye. A licensed and certified chimney sweep can uncover system issues and address them before they become costly or dangerous. Flue damage can lead to house fires. Also, cracks in the masonry can trigger water leaks and expensive repairs. If a chimney or flue lacks a proper flue cap, water can enter your chimney and deteriorate it, requiring replacement sooner than necessary. Most chimney issues can be prevented with an annual chimney inspection.

Chimney Inspections May Be Required by Your Homeowner’s Insurance

If you are still on the fence about the importance of an annual chimney inspection, consider that most homeowner’s policies require them to compensate you for damages related to chimney or fireplace use. Not scheduling your chimney inspections at the defined intervals could mean you are left with the bill.

Clean Chimneys Mean More Efficient Home Heating

Another benefit of a clean chimney is a more efficient heating system. Fireplace efficiency falls when creosote builds in the chimney. The additional circulation of cooler air impacts your energy efficiency, prompting you to burn more wood and other fossil fuels to stay comfortable.

If You Are a New Homeowner, Schedule a Chimney Inspection

When occupying a new home, schedule a chimney inspection as soon as you can to make sure that you and your household are protected. The saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” really is the message to remember when it comes to chimney maintenance and servicing.

Now that you better understand the risks of chimney neglect, make sure your annual chimney inspection has a fixed spot on your yearly calendar.  

Contact Chimney.com today to schedule a chimney inspection, cleaning, relining, repair, or restoration. We have over nine decades of industry experience, so you can have peace of mind that your home and your household are in good hands!

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