Your fireplace is an easy and inexpensive way to stay warm in the winter months, and here in the Stony Point, NY area, it can be an absolutely invaluable part of your household. But as we enter the last few weeks of winter, you should watch out for damage or other issues with your fireplace. Now is the time to get those issues addressed, before our final spate of cold weather results in a problem that takes a lot more time and money to fix. Here are some common late-winter problems with your fireplace.
Creosote is a waxy substance that feels like tar, combining with soot to coat the inside walls of your chimney. If the creosote levels get too high, the will not only impeded the flow of air through your chimney, but they may start a chimney fire to boot. A qualified chimney service can clean out the creosote that may have built up in your chimney throughout the winter.
Blockages become increasing common as the winter rolls on, and then they get too large can sent smoke billowing back into your home. They can be anything from birds’ nests to fallen leaves and twigs. But until they’re cleaned out, you won’t be able to use your fireplace properly.
Cracks and Brick Damage
Cracks in the flue can happen as your flue gets older. When that happens, the heat from the fire can escape the chimney, damaging nearby components in the wall or even starting a house fire. Similarly, loose bricks and other masonry need to be addressed promptly, lest the chimney itself collapse and create a dangerous state indeed. In both cases, you should refrain from using the fireplace, until proper servicing and repairs have been performed.
Call the pros at Design Air, Inc. for fireplace repair and maintenance.