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Knowing the Basic Parts of Your Chimney

What usually comes to mind when you look at a chimney, aside from Santa Claus of course? Warmth and heat, comfort perhaps? Yes, chimneys were made for these things. But just like any other thing, it also has to be given proper attention and care to be able to give us what we long for, and more importantly, to ensure maximum safety for the residents of the house. Having said this, homeowners should know what the basic parts and functions of the chimney are so that they can assess and address any problem that might arise. They’ll also know when to call us, the experts.

Learning about how your chimney works will help you be able to make better decisions about any repairs.

Learning about how your chimney works will help you be able to make better decisions about any repairs.

Why Do I Need to Know?

Chimneys might look perfect on the outside but a lot of hazardous and unwanted problems can occur on the inside; molds, soot and creosote build-up, blockages, etc. We think those reasons are enough for you to take the time to learn about the most basic and fundamental parts of your chimney.

Basic and Fundamental Parts and Functions

These are some of the parts you need to pay close attention to. First is the chimney crown and chimney cap which is considered the first line of defense of your chimney. It protects your chimney from any blockage and prevents water from seeping into the inside of your chimney.

Second, the flue and the flue liner which should be in excellent condition. This is where the smoke of harmful gases from combustion passes through. This also eliminates possibilities of flammable debris from gathering. You have to be mindful of creosote that might be building up in the flue walls though.

The smoke chamber is just as important as well. This is the part is found above the fireplace and just beneath the flue. It is where by products are compressed into a smaller area to prevent draft from happening and allows smoke to escape via the flue.

And last but not the least is the chimney damper. This will help regulate the energy used or unused during and after using your fireplace or wood stove. It is used to close the chimney to prevent heated air from being lost up the chimney.

What to Do Next?

We from A to Z Window Screen, Chimney Sweep & Dryer Vent Cleaning Company will be there for you and your chimney especially when you want to get your chimney inspected or if you want to get a certain part fixed. However, it’s your job to be ready to dial our numbers once you notice that there’s definitely something wrong going on. Being educated about your chimney may seem unimportant, but trust us, it will be worth it.