When you own a home with a chimney and fireplace system, you have the responsibility of making sure that everything is functioning as safely and efficiently as possible. Unfortunately, it can be challenging for homeowners to be certain that there are no problems present that could cause any operational issues since it is almost impossible to get a good look at the interior chimney. In order to ensure that there are no hidden hazards lurking within your flue, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and other national fire safety organizations recommend that you have your chimney professionally inspected at least once a year. For over three decades, Ashbusters has provided exceptional comprehensive chimney services to the Nashville area, and our team of professionals have been trained and certified by the CSIA and other industry leaders to properly sweep and inspect every type of chimney and venting system. No matter what your situation may be, we can take care of your chimney inspection needs. Our team is experienced in all three levels of professional chimney inspection services, and you can count on us to provide you with a detailed assessment of the condition of your chimney. Over our years of providing professional chimney maintenance services, we have seen extensive chimney damage that could have been prevented if it had been found during a routine chimney inspection. We would like to take this opportunity to tell you more about the signs that can alert you that your chimney needs to be professionally inspected.
Although masonry chimneys are built to last for a lifetime, they can become damaged over the years from constant exposure to the elements of weather. Whenever you notice cracks or gaps in your masonry chimney, you should contact Ashbusters as soon as possible to schedule a professional chimney inspection appointment. Not only does this type of damage make it easier for water to leak into your chimney, but it also can lead to serious structural issues if it is neglected. Our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps have the skills and experience needed to quickly diagnose the problem, and we are trained in chimney masonry repair techniques, such as tuckpointing, that will restore the structural stability of your chimney so that you can once again safely use your fireplace. We recommend that you check for gaps and cracks in your masonry chimney and fireplace system on a regular basis.
FALLEN DEBRIS IN THE FIREBOX FLOOR
If you notice that crumbly black soot is beginning to accumulate on the bottom of your firebox, this is a sign that alerts you to the possibility of creosote deposits being a fire hazard inside your chimney. Developing naturally during the combustion process of burning wood, creosote sticks to the inner walls of chimneys. If the deposits become large enough, it can be very hazardous. In fact, creosote has been named by the CSIA as a leading cause of chimney fires because it is so highly flammable. Although most people think that a chimney fire would be so dramatic that it would be impossible to miss, the majority of chimney fires are undetected because they burn slowly. Just because a chimney fire may not be visible does not mean that it is not damaging the structure of the chimney. You may also notice pieces of tile in the debris on your firebox floor, which can be the result of chimney fire damage. As soon as you suspect that there is the possibility of a fire in your chimney, you should contact Ashbusters as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for a chimney inspection.
CHANGES TO WALLS
Whenever you are enjoying a fire in your fireplace, extremely high temperatures are being produced inside your chimney. When certain components, such as the firebox and the liner, are damaged, that heat can transfer to the combustible parts of your home, and this creates a risk of an accidental house fire. One of the signs that excessive heat is transferring to the wooden frame of your home is when pictures begin to fall off the walls. You may also notice that the paint or wallpaper has begun to bubble and peel away from the wall. These are indications that the drywall or plaster is softening because of heat transfer. Ashbusters recommends that you schedule a chimney inspection with us to reduce your risk of an accidental fire. Our professionals will closely examine the condition of your chimney liner to make sure that no damage is present. If we do find any cracks, gaps, or other damage that could allow heat transfer, we can tell you more about your relining options, which include HeatShield restoration and stainless steel liner installation services. No matter what type of liner your chimney may need, you can count on us to make sure it is the best protection for your family. Your safety is our top priority.
Ashbusters is proud to have served the Middle Tennessee region for over three decades, and we want to help you keep your chimney and fireplace system working as efficiently and safely as possible. Contact us today to schedule your appointment for our professional chimney inspection services. We are here for all of your professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation needs.