With cold evenings upon us, there’s nothing better than curling up next to a warm, crackling fire. To truly enjoy these evenings without worry, it is crucial to thoroughly inspect your chimney and fireplace for safety hazards. Here are three benefits of having your chimney inspected.
Ensure Safe Air Quality
Chimneys are designed to properly exit smoke and other substances out of your home. If a chimney is not properly inspected, substances like soot can build up in the smokestack’s flue. When left unattended, it can block smoke from leaving out of your home and redirect it back into your home. Breathing in this smoke could cause damage to your respiratory system and have other negative effects on your overall health.
Reduce Fire Hazards
Chimney inspections involve the removal of accumulated creosote in the flue, which is a black flammable substance that can get very thick inside the walls of your chimney. If the accumulated creosote is not cleaned properly, it can easily ignite by burning embers that can consume the entire chimney in flames. Be sure to get your chimney inspected annually to remove excess creosote.
Prevent Costly Chimney Repairs
The high temperatures your chimney produces as well as the wear and tear from weather conditions can all affect the structural components of your chimney. Regular inspections will help identify and resolve the signs of weakened structural damage to your home.