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Signs It’s Time for A Chimney Sweep

Post by : Admin

07-Jan-2022

If you live in a home with a fireplace, chimney, or wood stove, sooner or later, you will have to seek the services of a professional to clean and maintain these fixtures. Preparing for this can be as simple as being aware of the signs that it’s time for an inspection by chimney sweep professionals.

Let’s look at a few signs that indicate a need for a chimney sweep.

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Mold and mildew growth

Mold and mildew can grow inside your chimney walls due to seepage and rising humidity. This issue should be addressed as soon as possible because mold can cause serious health problems. In some cases, it could even damage your home’s foundation, walls, and ceiling.

Large amounts of creosote

The black, thick substance on the inside of your chimney is called creosote. Creosote is formed when wood combusts without enough airflow to fully clear debris away, and it can cause a chimney fire if it accumulates.

Creosote is dangerous because the buildup prevents warmth from escaping through your chimney, which can lead to frozen pipes in your house or even structural damage. Creosote also has an unpleasant smell that will permeate the inside of your home.

Rusty or lose firebox grates

Your firebox grate is one of the most used parts of your fireplace or woodstove. Over time it will likely become loose and rusted. When this happens, it is best to call for a chimney sweep and get it inspected professionally.

Excessive soot or smoke coming out of the fireplace

This is an issue that can be difficult to spot without different inspection methods. You may see excessive amounts of black, sooty smoke coming from your fireplace or woodstove because there is not enough oxygen available to the fireplace. This can cause a buildup of soot that can cause serious health issues like breathing problems.

Discoloration of the bricks

If you see that there’s any discoloration or browning on your bricks, this is because chimney ventilation isn’t perfect, and it’s generating excessive smoke. This may lead to extensive damage to the bricks and firebox if it is not repaired soon enough.

Call for a professional chimney sweep if you see any of the above signs. At Creative Masonry & Chimney, we offer a full range of chimney cleaning services. Our services include chimney sweep, chimney repair, chimney cleaning, and much more.

Contact us today to learn more about our services.

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