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What You Need to Know About Chimney Inspections

What You Need to Know About Chimney Inspections

Winter is all about sitting around a roaring fire in your fireplace.  Make sure you can enjoy a fire this winter by getting a chimney inspection today.

While many homeowners don’t give their chimney a second thought, making sure your chimney is safe to use is a huge deal.  If you do not get your chimney regularly inspected and cleaned, you are putting your home at risk for serious damage and possibly even fire.  Starting to get concerned?  Here’s what you need to know about getting your chimney inspected.

Why should I get my chimney inspected and cleaned?

When you light a fire in your fire place, it produces an acidic material that can cause your chimney to weaken and deteriorate.  Using your fireplace regularly can also result in the build-up of another substance called creosote.  Creosote is a flammable material that could potentially start a fire in your chimney that could spread to the rest of your home.  Finally, heavy rain, intense winds, and animals caught inside your chimney could lead to damage.  This in turn could result in your chimney falling.

What should a chimney sweep take care of?

A professional chimney sweep should sweep the fireplace, check your chimney’s firebox, liners smoke chamber, and flue.  They should check for any debris in your chimney and remove it and also remove any creosote deposits.  Additionally, a chimney sweep should check your chimney’s exterior and conduct a video inspection where he lowers a camera inside your chimney to inspect its internal condition.  Cleaning and maintaining your chimney isn’t a DIY project you should undertake.  Properly cleaning your chimney requires considerable experience, otherwise you may be doing more harm than good.

Be prepared for winter by getting your chimney properly inspected and cleaned.  Another way to be prepared for winter is having the right insurance coverage for your home.  To get the right insurance policy for you, contact the experts at Scavone Insurance.  Our team can help you get the coverage you need today.

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