Chimney inspections are important for a lot of reasons, here are 6 of them.
Your chimney might have become home to some unexpected guests.
Some common animals that choose to reside in chimneys are:
Allowing smoke out or letting water in could pose a problem for the structural integrity of your roof, support beams, masonry and walls.
You might not see leaks until the damage is already done.
All the more reason to have it looked at annually.
The last thing you want is a smoke filled house when your trying to keep warm over the holiday season. You don’t want to have to open the windows and kick on the fans to keep from suffering from smoke inhalation.
Dirty chimneys can cause a lot of problems too. Creosote build up can harm your health and potentially degrade your chimney causing even more issues including potential fire hazards.
These are just a few of the working parts of your chimney that might need to be repaired or replaced periodically.
On average, fireplaces + chimneys account for 22,300 unintentional residential fires each year.
That is over 12% of all house fires and more than half of all fires caused by HVAC systems alone. Source
Not inspecting your chimney could cost you a lot…
An estimated annual average of 357,400 fires, 2,220 deaths, 11,470 injuries, and $6.32 billion in property loss.