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If you have a chimney, you probably understand the importance of regular chimney sweeping. Chimney sweeping keeps your chimney clear of dangerous, flammable creosote, so you can use your fireplace safely season after season. But in addition to your annual chimney sweeping, that National Fire Protection Association recommends that you have your chimney inspected every year, in addition to your regular sweeping. So why is a chimney inspection so important?

Damage

A chimney inspection can spot dangerous deterioration or damage.

There are many portions of your chimney that can’t easily be seen. That includes the chimney crown, the chimney cap and the chimney flue. During a thorough inspection, your chimney sweep will inspect all of the components of your fireplace and chimney to ensure that there aren’t any cracks or deterioration that could pose a fire hazard or other danger. For heating stoves, inserts and gas fireplaces, a chimney inspection also includes an inspection of all seals, gaskets and working components of the fireplace to be sure that the unit is operating safely and efficiently.

Alleviate Blockages

A chimney inspection guarantees that your chimney is clear.

In addition to creosote, there are plenty of things that can make their way into your chimney and cause dangerous blockages. That includes natural debris, such as leaves and twigs, and animals who either wander accidentally into your chimney or who see your chimney as the perfect nesting place. A chimney inspection guarantees that there aren’t any dangerous blockages — which can ignite and pose a fire threat or force dangerous fireplace gases back into your home — within your chimney.

Structure and Safety

A chimney inspection guarantees that your chimney is properly constructed.

If you’ve never had the chimney in your home inspected, you need to schedule a chimney inspection now! Often, chimneys aren’t properly constructed. Components can be improperly sized for your fireplace or constructed from the wrong materials. Sometimes builders cut corners on chimney construction, or they don’t follow local clearances for chimneys and fire-burning appliances. When a chimney is improperly constructed it can, at worst, pose a fire hazard. At the very least, an improperly constructed chimney won’t work to efficiently remove smoke from your home, and it will break down prematurely, putting your fireplace and home at risk for water damage.

Save Money

A chimney inspection can save you money!

In addition to keeping your home and your family safe by ensuring that your chimney is well constructed, in good shape and free from obstructions, a chimney inspection can save you money in the long run! Most chimney damage gets worse with time, and chimney damage can expose your home’s structure to water, heat, undue pressure or other hazards that can harm the building itself. A chimney inspection allows you to spot and fix problems with your chimney early, saving you from major, costly repairs down the road.

If you are overdue for a chimney inspection, or if you’ve never had your chimney inspected, call A to Z Chimney Services to schedule your chimney inspection today! Our chimney technicians will make sure your fireplace and chimney are safe to use this fire-burning season.