Common Fireplace Issues & How To Troubleshoot Them

Looking to ensure your chimney and fireplace are well taken care of in 2019? Being aware of the potential issues of your system is vital to the health of it, and it will help you stay more alert to any potential problems. If you are concerned about the health of your fireplace, call our team of experts for an inspection today. At Lords Chimney, we take your concerns very seriously. Our professionals, who are CSIA certified are just a phone call away!

Creosote Accumulation

masonry chimneyCreosote is a substance that forms in your chimney with each fire you light in your fireplace, and it is known for being highly flammable. Because of this, if too much of it accumulates in your chimney, it could easily ignite a chimney fire. Creosote needs to be regularly cleaned out of your system by a CSIA certified sweep to avoid any potential issues.

Are you looking to slow down the accumulation of creosote? You should only burn seasoned wood in your fireplace, and you should also keep an eye on the drafting of your system, as well. If your airflow is restricted, creosote then accumulates at a faster pace. Give us a call if you are concerned about creosote in your chimney. We will be happy to look things over and get rid of the creosote!

Leaks & Water Damage

Excess water in your chimney is extremely harmful to the strength and durability of the structure. Your masonry is very absorbent. When moisture is soaked into it, you will soon notice all kinds of deterioration throughout your brickwork and mortar. The gaps and holes created on your system could lead to fumes or stray flames entering your living space. Eventually, you could be facing a collapse.

Water damage can also cause clogs, rust, rot, staining, decay, and more. Fortunately, we can prevent it with our waterproofing and leak prevention services. Whether you need a new chimney cap installed, crown repaired, flashing patched up, or something else, we can help you.

Clogs & Obstructions

Creosote accumulation, clogs and obstructions can all be fixed with a thorough chimney sweeping. If your system is filled with leaves, twigs, and other debris, then it won’t be able to vent properly. This means smoke, fumes, and potentially harmful gases could easily enter your living space. Because most of these are harmful, it is vital to ensure your system is running as smoothly as possible. What is even more worrisome is that you cannot see or smell carbon monoxide, so you would not even be able to note its presence until symptoms started to develop.

Ready to start the new year off right? Gain peace of mind and get the most from your fireplace by calling us in for an inspection and sweeping today.