Every homeowner is responsible for all types of home maintenance and improvement. We all have to deal with spring cleaning, window replacement as required, and many other aspects of home ownership. We are responsible for the wellbeing of our house from year to year and its ability to provide adequate shelter for our families. A regular cleaning and inspection is required to maintain the chimney. Today we’re going to talk about the best course of action to keep your chimney working as intended year after year.
A chimney inspection will reveal potential problems with the chimney before they are allowed to become an issue. We will thoroughly inspect the exterior and the interior of the chimney as well as the connections to the wood burning appliance. We will ensure that the fireplace or wood burning stove is properly functional so that the entire unit is usable for many years to come.
Any number of problems may be discovered during the chimney inspection. We will make the necessary repairs to the chimney such as repairing cracked masonry, installing a new chimney cap, repairing the crown, flashing, or brick. Repairs such as these keep the chimney properly functioning and protect your household from potential hazardous risks.
The chimney may look dirty on the exterior, but if it has been used at all throughout the year, it is also dirty on the interior. We will clean and repair the chimney liner as needed, too. Creosote is a highly combustible material that settles into the chimney liner every time you burn firewood. It is the primary cause of chimney fires which often lead to house fires. Cleaning out the creosote is extremely important to the proper and safe functionality of the chimney.
The chimney takes a lot of damage from the sun, wind, rain, and snow. Even fluctuating temperatures throughout the year are damaging to the structure of the chimney. ChimneySaver products are our preferred line of defense against elemental damage to the chimney. The waterproofing agents protect masonry chimneys and leave behind a protective barrier that allows moisture to evaporate through tiny pores, but does not allow additional moisture to penetrate.
The chimney sweeps here at Lou Curley’s Chimney Service are CSIA Certified, and we participate in continued education throughout the year so that we’re always up to speed on the latest changes in our field. We’re located in Drexel Hill and provide all types of chimney services to homeowners and commercial property owners in the surrounding areas and along the Main Line. Give us a call at 610-626-2439 if you’re interested in scheduling an appointment for a consultation, a chimney inspection, chimney cleaning, or dryer vent cleaning.