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What is a chimney inspection? A chimney inspection is an evaluation procedure for the venting and chimney systems to assess their condition. Fireplaces carry fire and carbon monoxide risks but a chimney inspection and chimney repair can certainly reduce those risks and make the use of the fireplace safer. It's important to schedule routine chimney repair regularly.
Professional chimney contractors will check for creosote buildup, flue blockages, leaks, cracks, and other damage during a chimney inspection. Those problems can cause costly damage or increase the risks of fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. Like we always say, preventing damage is cheaper than chimney repair. With chimney inspection, you'll know about the problems and can perform chimney repair in a timely manner - before the damage becomes serious, time-consuming, and expensive.
When to schedule chimney repair:
- There is a change happening to your chimney – maybe you are installing a new feature to your roof, replacing your shingles? You should consider contacting chimney contractors if your chimney needs reconstruction.
- You’ve noticed problems and issues with chimney performance. You should schedule a chimney inspection to discover damage and perform chimney repair. It is especially true if you’ve had a chimney fire, severe weather, or other significant events that could have damaged the chimney system or you simply suspect chimney damage.
- A chimney inspection is also needed when you’re moving into a new home and assessing its performance.
Signs that you need chimney repair
Contact chimney contractors if you notice the following signs:
1. Mortar Looks Worn. As mortar ages, there will begin to form cracks and holes throughout where the mortar is missing.
2. Rusted Fireplace Parts. While mortar issues are easy to see from the outside, rust isn’t always obvious but professional chimney contractors will easily identify the damage.
3. Shaling Inside Fireplace. Shaling occurs when there are thin slices of the flue tiles on the fireplace floor which looks like the chimney is shedding the tiles as they fall off.
4. Obvious Cracks and Holes. Similar to the worn-out mortar, you should keep an eye on the bricks themselves for obvious damage.