5 Benefits of Annual Chimney Inspections

5 Benefits of annual chimney inspections

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), the national safety standard is that all “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances.” This applies to all chimneys, no matter how often you use your chimney (see #5 to learn more),

Here are 5 reasons why scheduling an annual chimney inspection with The Mad Hatter is so important.

1 – Schedule In the Spring to Avoid Busy Season

Don’t wait until you have a crisis situation or your maintenance plan is out of standard. Having your chimney inspected and swept during the Spring will provide extra time to make necessary repairs over the warmer months. We’ll also remove the creosote and soot from your chimney, so those substances aren’t baking inside over the summer.
 

2 – Remove Creosote and Soot Buildup

Wood-burning fireplaces, and some gas setups, will produce smoke, soot, creosote, or ash. Creosote is highly flammable. Allowing these substances to build up over time can also block the passage of smoke, carbon monoxide, and other harmful chemicals from escaping your chimney.

For these reasons, this is the most important reason you should have your chimney inspected annually.

3 – Extend the Life of Your Fireplace Liner

Your chimney liner protects the masonry components of your chimney from scorching temperatures. It is the first line of defense within your chimney chute. Allowing creosote to build up on your liner can trap moisture and corrode your chimney flue.

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4 – Identify Any Structural Issues

It’s not uncommon for the masonry in your chimney to break down over time. Chimneys without a chimney cap or chimney liner are prone to moisture damage. We look for signs of moisture damage, damage to the lining or flue, structural damage like cracks and gaps, and other signs that your chimney is leaning to one side.

Annual chimney inspections will allow our technicians to spot worn-down masonry so that we can make necessary repairs. Letting these issues go unaddressed for too long can damage your roof and living area. Prevention is worth an ounce of cure regarding annual chimney inspections.

5 – Remove Pests and Wildlife

Birds and mammals may enter your chimney to build nests in the flue. This is especially true for chimneys that lack protective caps. Their nest material is flammable and can increase the risk of a house fire. That’s not to mention that their droppings will also build up within your chimney. Talk about stinky!

Schedule Your Annual Chimney Inspection with The Mad Hatter

The Mad Hatter was established in 1978 and has grown into one of the largest family-owned chimney service companies in the United States. We are proud members of The Better Business Bureau and have been chosen ‘Best Pick’ by Home Reports Consumer Survey for 25+ consecutive years. Give us a call at (770) 740-8133 or contact us online to make an appointment!