A dirty chimney can put a home at risk
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The simple answer is...Yes! soot, creosote, and other particles can build up on the chimney liner, chimney damper, and chimney smoke chamber, especially on wood burning fireplaces requiring an annual chimney sweep. Creosote and ash can build up when mixed with moisture from weather failed, or missing chimney caps can cause extensive damage on a masonry chimney and venting system issues. Repair and restoration may be needed on structural failure in the lining of the chimney or crown repair if a cap is missing. Damage from animals such as nests and physical obstructions can also result in chimney repairs obstructing air flow, flooding the house with smoke, or, worse, animals! Damage such as chimney flue cracks and mortar failures lead to water leaks that can be hidden behind excess soot, dirt, and creosote resulting in the silent killer carbon monoxide flowing back into the home and chimney fire.
Gas Fireplace and gas chimneys need an annual inspection by a certified sweep. Although a gas fireplace burns cleaner, crown repair and essential chimney maintenance may still be needed. Our professional cleaning and inspection will also detect gas leaks in fireplaces and chimneys.
Chimney cleaning depends on a lot of contributing factors such as the age of the chimney and construction type, use of the fireplace, combustible material gas fireplace vs. wood burning fireplace, date and quality of the last chimney maintenance inspection, documented findings or known issues with the fireplace, repair and restoration, cleaning and any potential weather or damage from the elements.
If you plan to use the chimney, get it cleaned and inspected annually by a certified chimney sweep. A large amount of buildup can happen in just a few uses of a fireplace. Animals also love to nest in chimneys during the warmer months, and you can never tell if it will be a problem.