Is your chimney in need of repair? Perhaps it’s missing its cap, or you have water leaking into your fireplace. Your fireplace may not operate at peak efficiency because the chimney has cracks and crevices that need to be filled or repaired with the right caulk and sealant.
If you don’t take care of your chimney, you could end up with leaks that lead to moisture problems in your walls and ceilings, which leads to further damage in your home that can cost thousands of dollars to repair later on down the road.
Blocked fireplaces are a common problem that can occur for various reasons. If your fireplace is blocked, there is an obstruction preventing smoke and other gases from escaping through the chimney. This can be caused by anything from bird nests to weather damage. Blocked fireplaces can pose a serious health hazard, as they can cause carbon monoxide to build up in your home.
If you suspect your fireplace is blocked, it’s important to call a professional chimney service immediately. They will be able to inspect your chimney and clear any obstructions, ensuring that your home is safe and healthy.
They will mostly use a brush and a vacuum to clean the chimney. If the blockage is severe, they may need a power washer.
The technician will cover everything in the room that could be damaged by water before spraying it down with water mixed with a cleaning agent. Once the walls are cleaned, they will remove any large pieces of debris from inside the fireplace and make sure that there are no loose mortar joints.
A clean chimney is a safe chimney. And according to the National Fire Protection Association, you should have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year. But, depending on how much you use your fireplace, you may need to have it cleaned more often.
If you burn wood, for example, you’ll need to have your chimney cleaned more often than if you only burn manufactured logs. And, if you have a particularly dirty or smoky fireplace, you may need to have it cleaned more than once a year. The best way to keep your chimney clean and safe is to regularly clean and inspect it.