How To Maintain Your Chimney
We know that the main function of chimney is to take out the products of combustion from your home. These products of combustion like carbon monoxide can be hazardous to health and can cause serious illness to your loved ones. Ignoring annual maintenance of chimney can lead to poor performance of your chimney. It can lead to inadequate venting and severe chimney fires. Chimney fires can cause loss of lives and property. These losses can be avoided by taking preventive actions to ensure that the chimney is not at the risk of fires. You can start with the regular inspection to maintain the integrity of the product.
First, you can start with examination of external structure of the chimney. If you find any signs of deterioration like cracks, loose bricks or anything that does appear safe to you then you should go for chimney repairs. Some visible signs of damage, corrosion, stains or movement of the chimney in windy conditions may require you to call a professional. With his video inspection device he can detect the cracks in chimney liners too. Cracks in the chimney liners are a big safety hazard therefore in such cases, chimney removal has to be done and a new chimney has to be installed.
Second, you should consider putting a cap on your chimney. If your chimney doesn’t have a cap on it then, the moisture elements and corrosive elements will mix together to weaken the chimney liner. Therefore, make sure that your chimney has a good quality chimney cap with a lifetime warranty. Again for installation of the chimney cap always go for the professionals, as it will prevent you from expensive chimney repairs in the future.
The last thing you do to maintain your chimney is to look for leaks and stains near the fireplace. Dampness near the chimney and stains on the walls indicate that there is an internal damage in the chimney like interior decay or excess condensation. Besides, check for all the connection from the burning appliance to the chimney.
Other than this, always keep your chimney clean. Use brush to clean the inner and lower part of the chimney. You can also use a vacuum broom to clean the lower part of your chimney. It will suck out dirt and ash from the smoke shelf. Regular cleaning of chimney will take out the unwanted particles that can weaken the chimney from inside.
Don’t forget to do regular inspection of internal and external area of the chimney. It will keep your chimney in the proper working condition and avoid costly chimney repairs in the future.