How to tell if a chimney has had a fire

How to tell if a chimney has had a fire

So you are excited about purchasing that new home, particularly since the home has a wood burning fireplace, and you are looking forward to cozy times in front of the fire on cold winter nights. A home inspection will point out any issues with a home that you should be concerned about, but most home inspectors do not know what to look for in a chimney-fire-damaged chimney.  It is important to also have the Chimney inspected by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep to see if a fire may have caused damage that could lead to tragedy for your family.

Here are 9 signs that the chimney sweep will be looking for:

  1. Evidence of smoke escaping through mortar joints of the masonry or tile liners.  Chim Chimney employs a Master Mason full time to address any masonry issues with chimneys.
  2. Cracks in exterior masonry
  3. Heat-damaged TV antenna attached to the chimney
  4. Creosote flakes on the roof or ground
  5. Roofing material damaged by creosote
  6. “Puffy” or “honey combed” creosote in the chimney
  7. Warped metal in the damper, the smoke chamber, and connector pipes
  8. Cracked or collapsed flue tiles
  9. Discolored or distorted chimney cap

If your suspicions are confirmed, a certified sweep will be able to make recommendations about how to bring the system back into compliance with safety standards. Depending on the situation, you might need a few flue tiles replaced, a new liner system installed or an entire chimney rebuilt. 

Call Chim Chimney today and schedule your inspection.  Make sure your chimney is safe for use through the cold winter months.  

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