Watch this informative video on how we inspect fireplaces and chimney’s. (Provided by Internachi)
Are Chimney Inspections Really Necessary?
Whether you’re busy, you don’t use it every day or you just aren’t sure what you’re supposed do, it can be easy to fall behind on your fireplace maintenance. Unfortunately, it can also be dangerous.
“Safety is the most important reason for an annual chimney inspection by a (CSIA) Certified Chimney Sweep®. You are lighting a fire in your living room and it’s serious business,” says Zach Zagar, director of marketing and communications for the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). One of the most important things you can do to prevent an unexpected fire from destroying your home and everything in it that you value so much is to have an annual chimney inspection. We cannot stress the importance of chimney inspections enough to homeowners. It’s actually recommended by the National Fire Protection Association Standard 211.
Heating equipment like chimneys are the second most common cause of home fire fatalities, and failure to clean this equipment is the leading factor contributing to home heating fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Over time, all of the smoke, gases and particles from the fires you’ve burned will create a buildup in your chimney. This residue, called creosote, is extremely flammable and when it’s allowed to build up, it can cause a chimney fire. Even if a fire doesn’t start the blockage from all the soot and buildup can prevent the smoke from going up and out of the chimney causing toxic gases to fill your home. A clean fireplace and chimney will give you piece of mind and create a safer environment in your home during the winter months.
“The two biggest risks associated with not having a (CSIA) Certified Chimney Sweep® inspect your system are chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning,” Zagar notes.
When creosote first begins to build up, it’s fairly easy for a technician to remove with a brush. However, as the buildup gets worse, it becomes more difficult to remove. Eventually, the only way to effectively remove the creosote may be to replace the chimney liner, which can be expensive. Call Rio Bravo Home Inspections today for your fireplace and chimney inspection needs.