Question??? My chimney looks fine? Right??
Answer: Maybe, Maybe not...
A chimney problem can’t be diagnosed with just a visual inspection – in that case, the Quality Fireplace technician will suggest doing a chimney scan where a small camera is inserted into the chimney to video record all surfaces. This will help the technician diagnose your problem correctly, and provide you with the best options for repair.
Chimney scans are necessary to determine the overall integrity of a chimney and valuable if you are considering buying a home and want a visual record of the chimney’s interior condition.
"Chimneys really decorate the roof line of a home...
... and they're maintenance-free besides. Right?" -- WRONG!!
Your chimney-and the flue that lines it-may add architectural interest to your home, but their real function is to carry dangerous fireplace, wood stove, or furnace gases and smoke safely out of your home. A chimney helps your household air stay breathable ... just as your windows and your bathroom, attic, and kitchen vents do. Unlike those other exhaust points in your home, however, fireplace and wood stove chimneys need a special kind of care.
No One Welcomes a Chimney Fire
A chimney fire in action can be impressive. It has been described variously as creating:
- loud cracking and popping noise
- a lot of dense smoke, and
- an intense temperature and
With proper chimney system care, chimney fires are entirely preventable.
Maintenance is a Must!
Clean chimneys don't catch fire. Make sure a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep like Quality Fireplace inspects your solid fuel venting system annually, and cleans and repairs it whenever needed. We have a variety of maintenance recommendations depending on how you use your fireplace or stove.