A chimney inspection is a critical step in the upkeep and maintenance of your system. An annual inspection not only ensures your fireplace and chimney are functioning safely and efficiently, but also catches common problems that would otherwise go undetected. In this month’s blog, Admiralty Chimney’s CCP-certified chimney experts share the most common problems they see when performing a chimney inspection.
1. Creosote Build-up
Creosote is a highly combustible, tar-like substance that is formed when wood is burned. Over time, it builds up inside your chimney, reducing airflow and creating a fire hazard. Creosote can also ignite at high temperatures, putting you at risk of a chimney fire. During your inspection, a technician will evaluate the amount of creosote build-up and recommend a professional cleaning to remove it.
2. Cracks in the Chimney Lining
Your chimney liner is designed to protect your chimney walls from the corrosive effects of combustion byproducts. The presence of cracks or damage to your lining can lead to a number of issues, including an increased risk of chimney fires and exposure to carbon monoxide. During your inspection, the professional chimney technician will check your lining to ensure it’s in good condition and functioning properly.
In addition to creosote build-up and lining damage, technicians often find chimney obstructions during the inspection. Obstructions can be caused by a variety of factors, including excess creosote, animal nests, and yard debris. When obstructions are present, they can prevent proper airflow and increase the risk of chimney fires.
4. Damage to the Chimney Cap and Crown
A chimney cap and crown protect your chimney from water and debris. If these components are compromised or deteriorating, they can allow water to seep in, causing leaks and damage to your chimney and home.
5. Malfunctioning Chimney Damper
The damper is responsible for controlling airflow in your chimney, and when it is not functioning properly, it can result in poor combustion and decreased efficiency. A chimney sweep will evaluate the damper to ensure that it is in good condition and functioning properly.
Chimney Inspection, Service, Maintenance, and Repair in NH and MA
Professional chimney inspections give you a thorough understanding of the functionality and performance of your system. Identifying common chimney problems early on gives you an opportunity to address issues before they result in serious, costly repairs. If it’s been awhile since your last inspection, schedule your appointment today with our CCP-certified chimney technicians. We’re your locally owned and operated full-service chimney company.
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