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Tips And Tricks To Extend Your Chimney’s Lifespan

Post by : dminCMC


Those living in Connecticut can understand the importance of a warm indoor fire during the harsh winter months. But while fireplaces are essentials during the cold months, they tend to get overlooked during the summer, causing the chimney to get damaged.

Chimneys are designed and built to last a long time, but they are still not immune to environmental factors without proper care. Ensuring regular chimney maintenance can help it last longer and provide better service.

If your home has a stone chimney, you’ll find that regular inspections and cleaning go a long way. However, an ill-maintained chimney may lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, moisture issues, and high costs for repair.

Here are a few ways to prolong your chimney’s service life:

Schedule Regular Chimney Maintenance:

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), homeowners should schedule chimney maintenance at least once a year.

Chimneys need to be regularly swept and inspected for leaks by professionals to ensure that any debris, soot, or creosote has been removed. Moreover, chimney inspections can help detect repairs early on to prevent large-scale damage.

Chimney cleaning removes the build-up of flammable creosote that may otherwise lead to a chimney fire. A professional chimney sweep eliminates all such combustible materials and other deposits from the chimney.

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The CSIA recommends homeowners get their chimneys waterproofed since the external part of the chimney is exposed to the most damage from natural elements, such as water.

Water leaks in the chimney can cause extensive damage to the home and chimney, including rusting accessories, rotting the wood surrounding the fireplace, staining walls and ceilings, and damaging the central heating system.

When water gets into masonry, it damages the material and may compromise its structural integrity. Therefore, waterproofing can allow the external bricks to block moisture and keep it from penetrating.

Change The Chimney Liner:

If the chimney flue liner develops cracks, it may cause carbon monoxide to leak into the home. Some older chimneys may not have chimney liners at all, which may lead to serious health problems. Therefore, it’s essential to schedule a chimney inspection and replace an old or damaged chimney liner with a new one.

Creative Masonry & Chimney LLC can help you tackle all problems related to your fireplace and chimney in Avon, CT.

Get in touch with us on our website to book a chimney liner installation or chimney cleaning service in CT. If you have any other queries, we are here to help.