During the winter, the fireplace is very important since if gives you cozy warmth to heat your home. Fireplaces give much benefit to your home, yet there is another side to it that can be very dangerous. Health issues and fire can happen to our homes if the fireplace has cracked linings, deteriorating mortar, and creosote buildup. You may not notice these problems at a glance, but if you let a professional chimney sweeper do a thorough inspection, it will show these issues. And if you want to find out if your chimney has problems is to do an annual chimney inspection. If you want your fireplace to be in good working order, then you should repair the problems areas of your fireplace; this can also make it safe for you and your family.
If a professional inspects your fireplace and flue system, it will be a simple, noninvasive visual assessment of the key elements of your system. You should have chimney inspection annually as part of your chimney cleaning schedule. Cracks, deteriorations, problems with flue, crown, brick, mortar, flashing, firebox and damper are the problems that your chimney sweep will look for. In order to make sure that there are no problems in areas that are hard to see, a video inspection is conducted. The problems in these hard to see areas should also be addressed immediately. The reason for this is that they can worsen if they are not repaired immediately.
The risks of having cracks, leaks, and other chimney problems include house fires, carbon monoxide poisoning and other dangerous situations. This is the reason why you need to follow up inspections with the necessary repairs. You should let professionals do your chimney repair in order for the repair to be complete and correct that will keep your house and your family safe. You might need to repair your chimney with brick repointing, relining, and cap installation.
If you have an eroding chimney mortar, then it needs to be repointed. The mortar is the glue holding the bricks in place so if they are already deteriorating then they are no longer being held together. Erosion of the chimney mortar can lead to a crumbling or collapsing chimney. With repointing, the bricks will remain in place and your chimney’s structure will stay sturdy. Broken and missing bricks should be replaced by new ones to make it look good. Chimney repointing can address chimney leaks and deterioration and also aesthetic issues.
Chimney fires and other problems can cause the tile or clay lining of older chimneys. When the lining is cracks, it cannot protect the chimney from extreme heat and prevent carbon monoxide leakage. The lining needs to be replaced with stainless steel lining for best protection.
To prevent water and animals from entering the flue, chimney caps should be installed. Damage can be caused by water and animals. Cap installation is very important; screened caps can keep birds, bats, and other animals out.