The Importance of a Chimney Inspection
It is much better to prevent a hazard from happening than trying to find a cure for it after it has become a major problem. When it comes to chimneys, regular inspections can help uncover a plethora of hidden problems that may ultimately cause you harm if not addressed promptly.
There are several reasons why you should invest in thorough and detailed chimney inspection. Here are a few of the most important ones:
Damaged Chimney Flues
A broken or cracked flue would cause the toxic chemicals that should be traveling up and out of the chimney to enter into your house.
Gases such as carbon monoxide when inhaled can cause serious damage to the respiratory system and induce poisoning, which is why it is important that broken flues be found and fixed immediately.
The Hazard of Fires
As you burn wood in your fireplace, smoke travels up the chimney and out of it. As it moves along the walls of the chimney, the soot and tar in the smoke may accumulate and form creosote, a substance that is highly flammable and puts your house at the risk of catching fire in the case that a spark is induced.
An inspection would make you aware if the creosote levels are unacceptable and when you should get it cleaned.
Defected Chimney Crowns
The chimney crown prevents rain and snow from entering the opening of your chimney. If, for some reason, the cement slab gets broken or damaged, water may leak through and enter your chimney.
Broken and crumbling bricks allow water to seep into them which freezes during the winter season. When it freezes, water expands and so it destroys the structural integrity of the house as a whole. Regular inspections can help prevent this from happening.
Selling the House
In order to maintain your reputation as a good house seller, it is important that you conduct a thorough chimney inspection with the help of a professional before you sell it to someone else to ensure their convenience as well as safety.
A well maintained chimney that does not need any instant repairs before use will only convince potential buyers to go through with the deal.
Levels of Chimney Inspections
- Level 1
This is the most basic level of inspection as it consists of an inspector observing and checking the easily accessible parts of your chimney and determining if any issue needs immediate remediation.
- Level 2
A level 2 inspection would include all of the steps from the level 1 inspection but also include a video scan of the flue as well as further investigation. This is often done for houses that are set to be sold soon or chimneys that have recently suffered some form of physical damage.
- Level 3
A level 3 inspection will include all the steps of the previous two levels but will also involve even thorough inspection which would require the inspector to remove parts and structures of the chimney in order to get a better look.
An inspected, cleaned, and damage free chimney translates into a safer house and future for you, which is why it is never a bad idea to invest in some thorough chimney inspection and cleanup.