Did you know that your roof may not be as solid as you think it may be? Regular chimney inspections offer an excellent opportunity to get an expert on your roof to see the condition of your roof as well as inspect the condition of your chimney.
Of course there are other reasons why routine chimney inspections, prior to each winter, are advisable. Over time and with exposure to the elements, your chimney can fall into a state of disrepair. It is much easier to fix a small problem than it is to bail out a sinking ship. Small problems that are noticed each year can be manageable to repair or replace. Much more manageable to most people than replacing an entire chimney.
Some of the problems that may be noted through routine chimney inspections include: cracks in the mortar, issues with the flue, broken bricks, damage to the flashing, and other potential problems. If your service includes a video inspection of the chimney even more strengths and weaknesses within your chimney may be revealed.
Failing to repair damage can lead to a wide range of problems like fires or poisoning by carbon monoxide. The longer the damage is in place, the more difficult it will become to repair. This is one reason that yearly inspections are a wise idea. They allow you the opportunity to repair the damage before it become to cumbersome or costly to manage.
Not all issues that damage fireplaces and chimneys are merely aesthetic. It is important to repair any structural or potentially harmful damage to your fireplace as quickly as possible. It is also wise to have regular cleaning of your chimney in order to remove potential hazards from the interior.
The cap is also inspected during the process of chimney cleaning. If this is damaged it is important to repair it right away. This cap prevents water and animals from getting into your flue and causing all manner of damage. If you need to replace your cap it’s a good idea to consider the benefit of screened caps so that birds will not become a problem.
If you haven’t had a chimney inspection in quite a while now is an excellent time to do so. Keep in mind that the months of fall are often the busiest for most chimney inspection and repair companies as people are preparing for using their fireplaces during winter. Book your appointment early for the greatest availability.
It is a wise idea to double up a chimney inspection with a whole roof inspection whenever possible. Some companies may offer a package deal that includes a rate for both and may include chimney cleaning services as part of the package. The better care you take of your roof the longer it will last. Routine yearly examinations are a great way of identifying and repairing potential problems before they get out of hand.