Signs You Need an Inspection
Since your chimney has no way to tell you that it needs an inspection, you must keep an open eye for warning signs. Also, you should have an annual inspection and sweep to make sure that the chimney is performing at its best. However, if your chimney is acting unusual you should call for help immediately. Chimney Saver Solutions are ready with a group of experienced professionals to help keep your home and family safe.
How do you know that you need to have your chimney inspected?
Your chimney has an odor or your room is being left smoky. Often times when creosote is released from firewood, it will clump together and will cause blockages. When temperatures begin to warm up, these clumps will begin to cause a foul odor. Having a sweep will help remove the odor, but creosotes that sink in to the unit will still remain. This is one reason to keep your maintenance up to date. Also, creosote blockages can lead to draft problems. When this happens air will not flow out correctly and smoke will remain in the home. This can also lead to Carbon Monoxide poisoning, which can in some cases be fatal.
If you see cracks in the structure or mold accumulation. Especially after the winter season, cracks can begin to form in your chimney’s structure from the constant freeing and thawing from wet weather. This can cause caulking to crack and water to collect inside. When this happens, water can begin to mold in as little as one to two days. Mold can be removed after carefully applying chemicals. Once this is done and the unit is cleaned, it can be waterproofed.
How do you hire a qualified technician?
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) has a few suggestions on how to here the best for your chimney. First, check into how long the business has been going. Next, check references and reviews. Does the company have insurance for the workers on staff? Most importantly, are the technicians CSIA certified?
How do you prepare your home for inspection?
The inspection is pretty simple for the homeowner. It is important to make sure that you do not burn a fire for at least 24 hours to let the chimney cool down. Also move any furniture or valuables to make sure they are not damaged. Lastly, lock up your pets in an extra room so they do not get hurt by any of the tools.