Signs Your Chimney Needs A Professional
One of the most important features in your home may be your fireplace. When a homeowner is searching for a home, one criterion many have is that the home has a fireplace. The warmth that a fireplace brings to a family gathering is enticing. To gather with friends and family for a quiet night together is priceless. The fireplace is also something that you do not want to neglect. There are so many aspects of a fireplace that are wonderful, but with the ownership of a fireplace comes the annual maintenance.
When to Call in a Professional
Can I fix it myself? Do I have the tools to do it right? Do I have the experience? Let me help with that decision. Here are some of the reasons that you would want to call in a professional.
Strange or Bad Odors
If you are recognizing an odor coming from your fireplace, you may want to call in a chimney sweep. This foul odor can be a decaying animal, mold spores as well as decayed foliage. Unfortunately, the warmth of your fireplace attracts small animals.
You should not see a large amount of smoke coming from your chimney. This may be from a buildup of creosote which can be very dangerous if it caught fire. Over time, while you have fires, it is normal for a degree of creosote to build up in your chimney. You will want to try and avoid this in excess. Yearly chimney sweeps will take care of this for you.
Debris in the firebox
If your chimney has a clay liner, chances are over time that pieces may chip off. If you see particles of clay in your firebox, contact your chimney professional. Chances are the chimney has weakened over time and needs to be repaired.
Fires not lighting up
When you have a hard time lighting your fire, there may be an obstruction in your chimney. You may be getting a back-draft if the draft flow is not allowing air to pass up the chimney. This may be causing the fire not to light or keep the fire burning. If the obstruction is not taken care of, you may have issues as a result. Smoke, soot, and flames can come down your chimney into your home. If you see this, it is time to call your chimney professional.
Contact us today to get on our calendar!
If you notice that your chimney has any of the signs we’ve mentioned or other apparent damage, let us know. Because now is the best time for completing chimney inspections, repairs, and sweeping. We’ll get you on our calendar ASAP. Ready to get started? Then contact Northeastern Chimney, LLC by giving our team a call at 860-233-5770 or by sending us a message through our contact page.