The How and Why of Chimney and Fireplace Inspections and Repairs
Why Chimney & Fireplace Inspections Are Necessary
- Chimney and fireplace inspections are important to identify damage to your heating system which may need repair and to also identify safety hazards to keep your family safe.
- An inspection by a certified chimney technician can give you peace of mind by making sure your heating system is in proper working condition and free of defects. Often, routine cleaning is all that is necessary to protect you from chimney fires and keep your appliance working properly but if any deficiencies are found, a properly trained technician can work with you to develop solutions for repair.
- It's the law. The fire code (NFPA 211), states that chimney inspections need to be conducted annually to ensure safe operation of chimneys and fireplaces.
A damaged chimney is a serious problem that needs to be addressed immediately! Get your chimney inspected and repaired by a professional before it's too late.
Cracks, unprotected crowns and flashing leaks can lead to serious damage to your chimney over time. Not only that, water and toxic creosote can seep into your home as well, leading to costly repairs.
A-1 Chimney Pro can inspect all types of chimneys to identify structural damage, creosote build up and leaks, and repair them before they get worse.
A Special Note About Masonry Chimneys
What you need to know about your masonry chimney-
All masonry chimney construction materials, except stone, will suffer accelerated deterioration as a result of prolonged contact with water. The freeze/thaw process can accelerate deterioration even more. Water also causes rust in the primary metal parts of your chimney which can lead to fireplace failure.
The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that homeowners get their chimneys cleaned and inspected at least annually. Are you overdue for an inspection? A-1 Chimney Pro can help.
About Chimney and Fireplace Inspections & Repairs
Chimney and fireplace inspections and repairs should only be conducted by trained and certified technicians. There are many chimney sweeps out there that don't have the necessary training to correctly clean your heating system or identify and repair fire code deficiencies and safety hazards. Make sure your technician is certified before you let them inspect your fireplace and chimney.
Never do chimney repairs on your own without at least consulting a professional. A properly trained chimney technician knows the correct ways to make repairs so problems get fixed right the first time. Certified chimney technicians also have safety training and equipment to do repairs that would be dangerous otherwise. Don't take unnecessary risks! Hire a professional to fix your chimney.