We are sure you have noticed the weather getting warmer and the daffodils blooming around the Charleston area. It is clear that spring is almost here, and, for many people, spring is a time to take care of home maintenance tasks. One of these tasks is to schedule a professional chimney inspection to be sure your chimney is working safely and efficiently. After using your fireplace and chimney all winter, spring is the perfect time to take care of this task so that any damage done by the cold winter weather can be repaired before that damage gets worse and more expensive to fix. Ashbusters is proud to offer chimney inspection services from our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney technicians. You can trust us to give you an honest and detailed report on the condition of your chimney. We would like to tell you why a chimney inspection is so important.
Ensure Your Chimney Has No Damage
Your chimney is susceptible to damage each winter because of spalling damage. This type of damage occurs whenever the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Any water that has been absorbed into the bricks and mortar of your chimney will freeze and expand, and when the weather warms up, the water thaws and causes the bricks and mortar to crack and break apart. Repeated freeze/thaw cycles can create quite a bit of damage to your masonry chimney. When Ashbusters inspects your chimney in the spring, we look for spalling damage. If we find loose, damaged, or missing bricks, we will make recommendations for repairs. Since this type of damage creates holes in your chimney, you will be at a much greater risk for water leaks each time it rains in the spring and summer.
Protect You From Carbon Monoxide Leaks
When we inspect chimneys, one of the main things we look for is a chimney blockage. You could have loose bricks, dirt, animal nesting materials, leaves, and other debris blocking the flue, and this can lead to a hazardous situation. When your chimney is blocked, toxic gases like carbon monoxide can be forced back into your home since they cannot escape through the chimney. We look for other damage that can lead to a carbon monoxide leak, such as a cracked chimney liner. Your safety is our top priority so we will ensure there is nothing in your chimney to cause carbon monoxide to leak back into your home.
Stay on top of your home maintenance responsibilities this spring. Contact us at Ashbusters to schedule an appointment for a chimney inspection today. Taking care of winter-related damage is very important to keep your chimney working safely and efficiently.