Signs Your Chimney or Fireplace Needs Servicing
In a perfect world, your chimney needs to be cleaned and serviced once a year. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. In the here and now, most homeowners take an ‘if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it’ attitude toward their chimney and fireplace.
Understandably, there are more important activities to attend to. So, before your chimney or fireplace start to cause significant problems, here are some signs that will need your attention.
Signs That Problems Are Festering In Your Chimney:
- There are musty or moldy odors coming from your fireplace
- Water spots or crumbling drywall around the chimney
- Can you hear birds or other animals in the chimney?
- The firebox shows signs of wear and tear.
- Are parts of your chimney outside that are missing?
- Is the brickwork crumbling?
- The fire you start is slow to burn, if it burns at all.
- Is the damper is rusted and is difficult to adjust?
More In-depth Explanations of Chimney Problems
If you smell mold, it’s possible mold growing in or around your chimney. Mold, especially black mold, is dangerous for your family’s health; you should remove it immediately.
Water spots, crumbling drywall, or cracking wallpaper is an indication the leak is significant enough to cause water damage inside your home.
Wildlife in your chimney is a red flag signaling parts are missing from the top of your chimney.
If the firebox shows its age, a chimney sweep can recommend a course of action to brighten it up.
If the chimney cap is missing or damaged, it allows rain, snow, hail, debris, and animals down into your chimney. If you can see cracks in the brickwork or the chimney crown, it may be time for a new chimney.
If your lit fire burns slowly, it’s not getting enough oxygen, and deadly fumes could be filling your home.
Is the damper stuck in place? If the flue is rusty, it may be impossible to move, and it will need replacing.
Each of these issues can lead to dangerous consequences. Chimney fires are caused by creosote build-up. These fires can quickly jump from your chimney to other areas of the house. Carbon monoxide poisonings caused by improper venting are not frequent but, they do happen.
Owning an older home means paying particular attention to all the functional elements of a chimney and fireplace. Keeping a chimney service and maintenance record is a plus when you decide to sell your home.
Asking a professional chimney service company to come into your home is the best decision you can make for you and the home’s future owners. Once a year, cleaning and inspection will keep your mind at ease and your family safe. Our company is the best in the area; please contact us for your annual chimney check-up.
Complete Chimneys, LLC
8174 Ritchie Highway Pasadena MD 21122