16 Oct Five Reasons to Have Your Chimney Inspected At Least Once a Year
Autumn is the Ideal Time for a Chimney Inspection
Homeowners are strongly advised to have their chimney inspected at least once a year. If you have a fireplace or wood burning appliance that you use frequently, it is recommended that you schedule an inspection and a cleaning on an annual basis (at the very least). If you are still not convinced, following are five very good reasons to consider.
A Dirty Chimney Can Be a Safety Hazard
If you have a fireplace or a wood burning stove, your chimney is designed to expel the by-products of combustion. These include smoke, water vapor, gases, unburned wood particles, hydrocarbon, tar and assorted minerals. As these substances exit the fireplace or wood stove and flow up into the chimney, a residue known as creosote sticks to the inner walls of the chimney. Creosote is highly combustible. If it builds up in sufficient quantities and the internal flue temperature is high enough, the unfortunate result could be a chimney fire.
Carbon Monoxide May Leak Into Your Home
Many people die every year because of undetected problems with fuel burning appliances, stoves or fireplaces. Carbon monoxide is produced whenever gas, oil, kerosene, wood or charcoal is burned and levels can increase if your chimney is not functioning properly. This odorless gas can accumulate to dangerous levels when a blocked chimney or flue prevents the gases from properly venting out and away from the home. While carbon monoxide detectors can be effective in alarming homeowners to unsafe levels of this odorless, colorless gas – make sure that your venting systems are inspected and working safely and efficiently at all times.
Weather Can Damage Your Chimney
High winds can be very dangerous to the structure of your chimney. A malfunctioning wind draft can cause your chimney to work improperly. Over time water damage from rain and snow can destroy the stone and masonry materials of your chimney. These materials can deteriorate and cause additional damage if not detected and repaired through an annual inspection.
Animals and Nests
Small animals such as birds, squirrels or raccoons often make their nests close to or inside of the chimney flue. These nests can cause blockages and poor drafts resulting in damage and possible carbon monoxide leakage.
It’s Recommended by the Experts
Both the National Fire Protection Association and the Chimney Safety Institute of America recommend an annual chimney cleaning and inspection. These credible organizations back up their recommendations with research that shows annual chimney inspections are important safety measures. The NFPA explains that during the inspection, “Your chimney service technician should examine the readily accessible portions of the chimney exterior, interior and accessible portions of the appliance and the chimney connection. The technician should be looking for the basic soundness of the chimney structure and flue as well as the basic appliance installation and connections. The technician should also verify the chimney is free of obstruction and combustible deposits.”
A chimney that is properly maintained and cleaned regularly – will work safely, effectively and efficiently. Pro-Tech Chimney Sweeps offer complete chimney cleaning services that include high powered vacuuming of your entire system, removing hazardous or combustible creosote, eliminating any accumulation of soot from coal and oil systems and thorough fire prevention inspections and maintenance services. Contact Protech Chimney Sweeps today at 631-806-8550 or 516-284-1295 to schedule a chimney cleaning service and ensure the safety of your home.