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:
- 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.
- Cracks in exterior masonry
- Heat-damaged TV antenna attached to the chimney
- Creosote flakes on the roof or ground
- Roofing material damaged by creosote
- “Puffy” or “honey combed” creosote in the chimney
- Warped metal in the damper, the smoke chamber, and connector pipes
- Cracked or collapsed flue tiles
- 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.