For many families, the fireplace is a special area in their homes where a lot of precious memories have been made. To keep it that way and to avoid bigger chimney problems that might stress you out, you should look out for any signs of chimney issues from time to time.
In this post, trusted chimney cleaning expert Batts’ Chimney Services discusses some common chimney problems that you should watch out for and address ASAP.
Creosote is usually dark brown or black in color, and it is deposited inside the chimney lining whenever you burn wood. It can take on various forms, and all of them are equally dangerous since creosote is flammable. If you fail to remove creosote from the flue lining, it could accumulate and prevent your chimney from properly venting. When this happens, carbon monoxide can infiltrate your interior and lead to serious consequences.
Chimney obstruction can also occur when organic debris, such as leaves and bird nests, enter your chimney. This usually happens when a fireplace has not been in use for a long time. So if you don’t know the last time your fireplace has been used, it’s best to have a professional assess the condition of your chimney, clean it up and perform necessary chimney repair before lighting up your fireplace again.
Cracks in the Flue
Chimney linings are exposed to a lot of heat and stress. And if they are made of clay tile, they can eventually form cracks. Make sure to have your annual chimney inspection so that you can check if the flue lining is still intact. Neglecting to fix cracks in the flue can be dangerous because these cracks will allow the heat from the fire to reach combustible parts of your home.
As a full-service chimney sweep company, Batts’ Chimney Services can guarantee excellent results and customer satisfaction. Our technicians are qualified and experienced in providing a variety of chimney services, so you can have peace of mind that your job will be done properly and thoroughly. Call us at (205) 956-8207 (Jefferson County) or (256) 660-1338 (Northeast Alabama). You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.