Any time you purchase a new appliance, it’s important to make sure that it is installed according to factory instructions. Not only is this important so that the warranty isn’t invalidated, but it’s also important so that the appliance is installed correctly so that your home and your family are kept safe and sound. This is especially true for a new heating appliance. Did you know that when you install a new heating appliance, especially one that is vented through your chimney, it is important to have an inspection completed? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Standard 211 is the standard for chimneys, fireplaces, vents, and solid fuel-burning appliances, and this standard covers how to safeguard both buildings and the occupants of buildings by passing inspections and ensuring that appliances are to code and regulation.
Importance of a Yearly Inspection
As stated by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) it’s important that you have your chimney inspected on an annual basis. As you use your chimney over the course of a year, a layer of creosote builds up on the interior that is highly flammable and can easily catch a spark and start a fire. But there are other things that the professionals at Firesafe Chimney will be looking for when we come in and inspect your chimney. There are other areas that can be damaged and that will cause considerable problems if left unrepaired.
One thing that we’ll be paying attention to is the condition of your flue liner. The flue liner is an important part of your chimney structure because it protects the interior of your home from the dangerous gases that should be escaping through your chimney. The chimney is designed specifically for this, and the liner protects the mortar of your chimney from the corrosive chemicals that are escaping in smoke. That’s why it’s so important that your chimney liner is in perfect condition. If there are cracks in the liner, those chemicals could be getting to the mortar and causing it to wear away. Also, cracks in the liner can cause smoke to not slide as easily through, which make your chimney less efficient. Whether you burn wood, gas, or oil, your liner needs to be in good condition.
If your chimney is lined with clay tiles, an important thing to look out for is spalling. Spalling occurs when water gets into the surface of the tile, causing the surface to peel or flake off. If this is allowed to continue unchecked, it can cause the structure to fall apart, and this will leave the interior of your chimney unprotected.
Let Us Help
If you have noticed that your chimney might have some problems, then give Firesafe Chimney a call soon. We’ll get your chimney in top condition before you’re ready to use it all winter long.