If you have a chimney that hasn't been used in a few years, or you just bought a home with one, making sure it is in good working order is important. Not only can it be a structural hazard, but it can also be a safety issue too. To ensure your chimney and fireplace are ready to keep things warm and cozy, consider a chimney inspection. Here is why. 

Preventative Maintenance

Staying on top of your home's heating and cooling starts with periodic inspections. This type of preventative maintenance should also include your chimney. Hiring a chimney sweep to come out and fully inspect your chimney and its structural components can help detect needed repairs. Part of this maintenance package may include:

  • Inspecting chimney and fireplace for excess creosote buildup.
  • Looking for blockages of nests and other natural debris.
  • Checking the structural integrity of the chimney.

This allows the chimney sweep to identify any problem or potential issues to avoid major future repairs. 

Address Repair Concerns

When it comes to chimney repair, there are several things that should be addressed before using the fireplace. A common repair issue for many homes is cracks in the flue. This causes a buildup of black tar or soot, called creosote. A procedure called tuckpointing targets weak areas within the chimney and helps promote better airflow. This type of chimney masonry repair makes the chimney more safe and secure.

Once any repairs to the chimney are made, such as patching or replacing mortar or the flashing or damper, it is time to do a thorough cleaning.  

Prevents Fire and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

A big part of cleaning a fireplace is to help identify underlying issues and improve the effectiveness of the fireplace. A chimney sweep may use a specialized camera to go down and look for blockages and any faulty parts. Some blockages can not be seen just by taking a peek into the chimney. He may suggest a new liner in the chimney or make minor repairs, such as replacing a worn-out chimney cap. 

All of these repairs and upgrades not only prolong the life of your chimney and fireplace but can keep you and your family safe. A backup of smoke inside the home can quickly lead to a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. In rare cases, a dirty chimney can lead to a fire that could destroy your home. 

Having a fireplace boasts warmth, tranquility, and coziness in any homestead. If you want yours working at its very best, call in the pros for a complete inspection. This will prolong the life of your fireplace and bring you peace of mind. For more information on chimney repair, contact a professional near you.