A dirty chimney isn’t something that is out of sight and easily ignored. It’s a fire hazard that must be addressed. Here is what you should know about keeping the chimney clean and your home safe.
It’s important to have the chimney inspected at least once a year. In addition to looking at the overall soundness of the flue and chimney, the inspection should also check for deposits and be sure that all clearances are intact. It’s vital that you also include an inspection of the exterior of your chimney. Over time, the concrete and mortar expand and contract, allowing the flashing that is protecting your roof to develop gaps.
The chimney sweep will inspect the exterior of the chimney for you. Experienced roofers can then take care of any problems with this area so you won’t have to worry about water stains on your ceiling.
The inspector will also make a recommendation on whether the chimney should be cleaned or not. This inspection will take into account how often the chimney is used, what is burned in it, and when it was last cleaned.
There are some indications that you might need to call for an inspection immediately. A fireplace that smells when the heat rises in the summer indicates the presence of creosote, the natural byproduct of burning wood. While there are commercial deodorants that can be used for the odor, the bigger problem is that the damper may not be tight enough and the chimney needs to be swept.
Even gas chimneys should be inspected and cleaned once in a while. While the fuel burns clean and won’t leave a residue behind, you may still have a fire hazard on your hands if birds are in the chimney and are roosting. To prevent finding birds in the belfry, have a quality chimney cap installed. It will prevent twigs, animals, and most rain from entering your chimney and causing problems. If you are having a new roof installed, ask the roofers about slipping on a cap for you.
Keeping the chimney clean will help prevent dangerous fires from starting inside the smoke chamber or flue. Your family will be safer, as well as your home. Robbins Roofing, Inc., is a roofing company in Oklahoma City offering residential and commercial roofing services. We will inspect the exterior of your chimney when we are inspecting your roof and can handle any necessary repairs to the exterior. Visit us on Facebook to learn more about our company and how we can help keep you home safe and dry.