Free Basic Chimney Inspections, Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN
Avoiding having your chimney looked at for the fear that a repair could be costly is a bad idea. Many repairs that are needed on chimneys start out as minor issues but if left untreated over an extended period of time can end up being costly problems. Many families are trying to save money these days by cutting back on things they are feel are “unnecessary” like entertainment, eating out at restaurants and buying new cars, but families with fireplaces should not consider maintaining chimneys as an area where you can cut corners and save some money. In order to maintain the safety of your chimney and home you should have your fireplace and chimney inspected annually. You should also have your chimney cleaned annually by a certified chimney sweep expert.
The function of your chimney is to provide an unhindered path for smoke and gases to escape from your fireplace, furnace or stove from your home into the “out doors”. It also plays an important role of shielding other parts of your home from the heat and flames that can exit a chimney while a fire is burning.
A professional chimney sweep and chimney repair expert knows what to look for when inspecting a chimney and can see things that an average person may not recognize as a potential breach in the protection that a chimney provides.
Some common problems effecting your fireplace may be:
- Flue tiles may be broken, cracked or missing (commonly referred to as “clay tile fues”
- Bricks could be broken or missing and mortar may have deteriorated.
- There may be a hairline crack in your tile flue liner which could widen and expose your home to excessive heat. (Heat or flames that seep through your chimney could cause your house to catch on fire.)
- Chunks or flakes from masonry that’s deteriorating may build up in the elbow of the flue passageway and block the exhaust of gas from combustibles.
- If you don’t have a screen around your chimney cap or if it’s been compromised, animals could be sheltering in your chimney. Snakes, Bats, Raccoons, Squirrels, and birds have all been known to nest in chimneys.
Any one of the above mentioned items can start as a minor problem and quickly turn into a major catastrophe if not detected early and repaired.
We are happy to offer our customers a free basic chimney inspection. If you feel your chimney may have any of the above listed issues beginning to occur or you would just like to have your chimney looked at so you can have Peace of Mind that your chimney is safe and ready for another Long Minnesota Winter, then give us a call today. We will send our experienced technician out to take a look at your chimney for you and give you a free basic inspection. Call our Office at 763-753-9796 to have your chimney inspected for Free today.