When your chimney is not working as it should – bringing smoke out of the house via the chimney flue, then there might be a draft problem. As a result, complications such as a smoky fireplace or worse, carbon monoxide poisoning can happen. Not to worry! There are ways to solve this ongoing issue in your home. We at Lords Chimney are here to tell you more about it. We’d like to tell you how draft is supposed to work.
By the way, don’t go all super hero mode and try to fix it yourself, you might just end up with an even bigger problem. The process mentioned can only be done by a professional. In any case, it’s good to know how things work and what they do to fix it.
What is it with Draft inside the Chimney?
Draft in the chimney is vital. It is needed every time there is open combustion— a process called chimney draft. It is needed in order for unwanted smoke to properly exit the chimney opening. There are many variables that can affect draft. This process can only happen when there is enough heat; more heat means more draft. It also makes it easier for the smoke to go out of your homes. The temperature inside and outside the home will also affect the draft inside the chimney.
Apart from having a good draft, it is also necessary to ensure that there are no obstructions in the chimney. Blockages like:
- Chimney Swifts
- Bird nests
- Spider webs
Install Chimney Caps
To prevent blockages, it’s good to have a chimney cap installed. This will protect the inside of your chimney from all sorts of things that could potentially block it. It’s also built so that water will not be able to seep in too. Installation should only be done by one of our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps. They are well-experienced and they know everything there is to know about chimneys so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
What Happens if Nothing is Done
You will know when there’s already a problem because smoke will enter the living room and there is not enough heat despite adding wood into the fireplace. This should be taken care of immediately so that there will be no room for fires and carbon monoxide poisoning to happen. Trouble begins when you choose to ignore obvious signs of chimney malfunctions and irregularities.
Replacing Your Flue and Flue Liner
The Solution: a perfectly stable and fully-functional flue and flue liner. The flue actually plays one of the most crucial roles in chimneys. They are there to control and manage smoke coming in and out of the chimney. It also helps in making sure that draft is properly accommodated. Once you have an effective flue and liner, there is no reason for the drafting process not to take place properly. This will then avoid and solve all the other problems.
Lords Chimney Company is more than willing to give you the best of our services. You are always our priority. Give us a call today.