Of all the things you have to have inspected, your chimney is no exception. In fact, your chimney must be operational at all times, or it could cause significant illness or death caused by carbon monoxide.
Whether you’re planning to build a new chimney or just a quick inspection of your existing one, a good contractor such as The Construction Group will replace parts or materials to leave it operational in no time! Call us today to schedule an inspection!
What Is a Chimney Inspection?
A chimney inspection is a check-up or evaluation of the chimney and venting system to assess if it is in good operational condition.
The typical chimney inspection follows this simple process.
Visual & Interior Assessment
Inspectors visually assess the chimney's condition, looking for damage or deterioration.
Examine the interior for blockages, creosote buildup, and structural issues.
Flue & Damper Check
Your inspector checks the flue liner for cracks and damage and ensures the damper opens and closes properly.
It takes an up-close look at the exterior of your chimney to determine whether repairs are needed. Your inspector will check the chimney's exterior for signs of damage, including brick and flashing condition.
Your inspector verifies all relevant safety measures, such as clearance from combustible materials and the functionality of detectors.
Documentation & Recommendations
Your inspector provides a written report detailing findings, recommended repairs, and maintenance. They’ll address their findings and answer any questions you may have.
If needed, your inspector schedules repairs or maintenance to address any issues they find.
Why Should You Have Your Chimney Inspected?
Again, anytime you’re dealing with natural gas or smoldering wood, you need to be proactive so an emergency never happens. There’s no possible way to eliminate all carbon monoxide or fire risks associated with your gas appliances, whether it’s your stove, furnace, or fireplace.
Here are the key reasons why you should invest in regular chimney inspections.
Inspections help identify and remove creosote buildup, reducing the risk of chimney fires.
Carbon Monoxide Safety
Inspections ensure that your chimney is venting harmful gases, like carbon monoxide, safely out of your home.
A skilled chimney inspector detects and addresses structural issues like cracks and loose bricks, preventing costly damage.
A well-maintained chimney ensures efficient heating, reducing energy waste.
At the conclusion of the chimney inspection, you will feel protected, leaving you with peace of mind, especially if you do utilize your fireplace often.
When Do You Need a Chimney Inspected?
According to CSIA. org (Chimney Safety Institute of America), a chimney specialist should be trained and inspect all chimney and venting systems every year regardless of their frequency of usage.
Some of the other common situations where you should have your chimney inspected include.
Inspect your chimney before the heating season to ensure it's in top condition for regular use.
After a Chimney Fire
If you've experienced a chimney fire, even a minor one, it's crucial to inspect and repair any damage.
After Severe Weather
Following severe weather events like hurricanes or earthquakes, inspect the chimney for structural damage.
New Home Purchase
When buying a home with a fireplace or wood-burning stove, have the chimney inspected to assess its condition.
Installation of a New Appliance
When installing a new fireplace or heating appliance, ensure the chimney is compatible and safe.
After Replacing the Flue Liner
Following the replacement of your flue liner, it's essential to have a chimney inspection to verify that the new liner has been installed correctly and is functioning as intended.
Change in Fuel Type
If you switch from one fuel type to another, such as wood to gas, get a chimney inspection to ensure proper venting.
You will also need an inspection when you’re moving into a new home, installing a new appliance, updating your fireplace, changing fuel types and appliance types, or replacing your flue liner.
Of course, if you’ve noticed a change in the performance of your fireplace, that would qualify as another good reason to call for an inspection.
Your First Line of Defense Against Chimney Problems
If you have a home that needs a chimney inspection or repair, contact The Construction Group. Our chimney contractors can repair the masonry work or order whatever parts are necessary to make it safe and operational.
Think about scheduling a yearly inspection, which might save you headaches and money later!
Or, if you’re planning a new home or want to install a chimney on an existing home, check out our chimney and masonry gallery!
At The Construction Group, we focus on professionalism, expertise, and communication. Whether you need an exterior or interior remodel or a roof replacement, be sure and rely on us for the quality work and honesty you deserve. Contact us today!