Have You Just Bought A Pre-Existing Home? 3 Reasons A Fireplace Inspection Is So Important

Posted on: 8 September 2017

If you just bought a pre-existing home, one of the first things you should do is have the chimney cleaned and inspected. This is particularly important if the previous owners can't provide you with a detailed set of maintenance records for the chimney and fireplace. Having your chimney cleaned and inspected before winter arrives will protect you against house fires and carbon monoxide exposure. Here are three services your cleaning and chimney inspections should entail:

Repair the Cracks in the Flue

You might not realize this, but over time your flue can develop small cracks. If those cracks aren't repaired, they can cause house fires, as well as other serious risks. Some of those other risks include the transfer of harmful carbon monoxide fumes into your home, and deterioration of the chimney itself. To protect you, and your home, your chimney repair technician will repair any cracks they find in the flue during the inspection.

Check the Damper for Proper Operation

During the inspection, the damper on your fireplace will also be inspected. The purpose of your damper is to keep the heat in your home when the fireplace is operational. Once the damper is closed, heat is forced back into the house, where it can provide warmth. However, if it's not functioning properly, it can close too early, or not open properly. Not only that, but during the warm months, when your fireplace isn't in use, birds and other pests can build their nests inside the chimney, which will block the damper, and prevent it from opening and closing. Your chimney repair technician will inspect the damper, ensure it's working properly, and get rid of any nesting material that might be present.

Clear Away the Creosote

Each time you build a fire in your fireplace, creosote is released from the burning wood. As the smoke rises, creosote is deposited onto the inside of the chimney. If left in the chimney, the buildup of creosote will become so thick that fires can be ignited. During the inspection and cleaning, the creosote will be removed, which will extend the life of your chimney, and reduce your risk of chimney fires.

Now that you've bought your home, and had your chimney serviced, make sure you stay on track by scheduling annual inspections and cleanings for your fireplace. With proper care, you can enjoy your fireplace, and reduce your risk of carbon monoxide exposure and chimney fires.

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