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Most Common Chimney Problems And How To Prevent Them

Post by : dminCMC


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A fireplace and chimney can add character and warmth to any home, but if you think it’ll be a low-maintenance addition, then you may want to rethink. Fireplaces and chimneys require regular maintenance and constant inspection to ensure they don’t lead to chimney fires that risk you and your family’s safety in any way. The wood-burning heat source needs to be examined by a professional chimney sweep to keep it in good working condition.

There are plenty of issues that can still arise and may require your attention during the year. Here are a few of the most common issues:

Creosote Desposits:

Creosote is the result of smoke by-products from burning. When wood is burnt, the smoke that rises up the chimney forms creosote, which deposits itself on the chimney lining. This dark, flammable substance and the fine carbon soot powder in the chimney are collectively referred to as creosote in the chimney. All kinds of creosote are harmful since they can lead to chimney fires if not cleaned out.

A professional chimney cleaner can remove the creosote from the chimney flue lining and may even recommend a lining replacement.


Creosote can also block the chimney opening, preventing the smoke from escaping the home. Apart from creosote, a chimney opening may be blocked by other forms of debris. If a fireplace hasn’t been cleaned in a long time, there’s likely to be leaves, bird’s nest, or other debris causing an obstruction in the chimney. A blocked chimney may keep smoke from going out of the chimney and bring it inside the home. These toxic fumes can cause life-threatening carbon monoxide poisoning to happen.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends homeowners get their chimneys inspected once a year to identify and eliminate blockage before using a chimney.

Structural Problems:

A chimney that has been neglected may crumble and collapse due to internal damage. To avoid this, it’s essential to have the chimney inspected and maintained to prevent water seepage.

Chimney technicians may use “tuckpointing” to remove old mortar and replace it with new mortar for added protection.

Remember, repairing a part of the chimney is always cheaper than replacing a collapsed one.

Our licensed professional chimney sweeps can perform preventative chimney services in Farmington, CT.

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