4 Good Reasons to Call a Chimney Sweep
If you’re new to the world of fireplaces, you may not know exactly what a chimney sweep does. Like the name implies, these professionals sweep (i.e., clean) chimneys. But many also perform other important tasks such as diagnosing problems and making repairs and replacements. Now that you know what a chimney sweep does, we want to talk about four reasons to call one of these technicians out to your home.
1. There’s water inside the firebox. Assuming you have a chimney cap in place to prevent rain from entering the chimney, if you see water in your firebox, it means there’s a leak somewhere. Water that gets into a firebox may come through cracks in the bricks and mortar of the chimney. Serious and expensive damage will eventually happen if the problem isn’t fixed, and in the majority of cases, only a trained chimney sweep can determine exactly where the breach exists and its extent.
2. Smoke is backing up into the house. If the fireplace damper is open properly and smoke is filling the room, there may be an obstruction within the chimney. A variety of debris that flies in the air or falls from trees may have gotten in there. Small animals are known to build nests in chimneys. Smoke in the room also may be the result of downdrafts, which can be caused by a chimney that’s too short or a flue that’s too large. In either case, a trained chimney sweep can quickly discover what’s wrong and provide you with a solution.
3. You’ve had a chimney fire. Not all chimney fires can be seen, but they’re all capable of doing serious damage. If you ever hear an unusual cracking or popping noise or the sound of rumbling coming from the fireplace while in use, or if you notice it’s producing a great amount of dark, dense smoke, you need to immediately extinguish the fire in the firebox and call emergency services. After that, call a chimney sweep to assess the damage and give your chimney a clean bill of health before you use it again.
4. You simply prefer to be safe, rather than sorry. Even if there’s no sign of water infiltration and the fireplace is drafting properly and you haven’t had a chimney fire, this fourth reason to call a chimney sweep should apply to all homeowners who operate a fireplace. A clean chimney is a safe chimney, and an inspected and maintained chimney is one that won’t cost you huge sums of money down the line.
Professional chimney sweeps, like those at Chimney Specialists, have specialized equipment and training enabling them to correctly and safely perform annual inspections, all types of repairs and, of course, thorough cleanings.
Oh, and there’s one more really good reason to call us: we pride ourselves on service that goes beyond what our customers expect. So if it’s time to call out a chimney sweep, call the experts, Chimney Solutions of Highland, Wis., at (608) 929-4887.