If you are having a new chimney installed in your home, you need to learn how to take proper care of it. There are also problems you need to be aware of so you will know when you need to hire a professional to repair your chimney for you. Below are two of these situations with details so you will know what to do.
Built Up Creosote
When wood burns inside your fireplace, creosote builds up inside the chimney. Creosote is either dark brown or black and looks much like tar. Soot then builds up over the creosote.
Creosote is dangerous as it is flammable and can cause a chimney fire. If the chimney catches on fire your entire house could burn down. Built up creosote will also block the venting system. Without proper venting, carbon monoxide will also collect inside your home. This is especially dangerous and even more dangerous because carbon monoxide has no smell.
If you see a black or brown tarry substance inside your chimney, hire a professional to remove it for you. This professional has many tools they can use in order to do this. Set up a schedule with the chimney company to clean your chimney periodically, such as right before the cold season and the again after the cold season is over when you stop using your fireplace.
The company that installs your chimney for you will also install a chimney lining. This lining is generally made of clay tile, which can crack over time due to heat. You will likely not know the flue has cracks because it is difficult to see from inside your home. Because of this have your chimney inspected at least once a year so any cracks can be repaired.
Flue cracks are dangerous because heat from the fire will spread inside your home. When this heat reaches something that is combustible this can cause a fire. Also, dangerous gases, such as carbon monoxide, can build up inside your home.
If your chimney installer chooses a clay tile lining, you should consider replacing it with a stainless steel lining instead. Stainless steel will not crack and holds up well to high heat. This lining will likely last as long as your chimney lasts.
Talk with the chimney company, such as Excel Chimney & Fireplace Service, about other problems you need to be aware of so you can enjoy using your fireplace without worrying something going wrong with it.