Even though winter temperatures have arrived and it is the time of the year when Santa will be arriving on your roof soon, it’s not too late to have your chimney inspected. Accurate Home inspections performs chimney inspections and can help get your own ready in time for Christmas and the rest of the winter season, before it’s too late. There are a lot of things to consider when having the Chimney fired up for the first time, so take these tips into consideration to prevent damages, health risks and replacements.
Have It Inspected/Cleaned- Chimneys should be inspected and cleaned by a reputable company at the beginning of the heating season and more often if the unit is used on a regular basis. Any buildup could result in a possible chimney fire, so be careful and have it taken care of early.
Metal Chimneys– Make sure all the connections are safe and secure. Also, make sure the metal is damage free.
Rusted or damaged chimney or fireplace components- The components of the chimney are very important. A metal damper could be rusted through, a metal damper enclosure in the chimney throat could rust through, or a metal fireplace insert could rust out towards the base of the chimney.
Blocked Flues- For obvious reason a blocked flue can be a serious health risk, like Leaking dangerous combustion gases into the building or risks sparks, which could start a building fire. Look for improperly constructed clay-tile lined masonry chimneys leaving concrete between joints that prevents thorough chimney clearing, or causing leaks and frost damage to the chimney flue or chimney structure.
These are just a couple of tips and things to look for. For more information we always recommend giving us a call and setting up an appointment to have it looked at.