The job of the chimney is to efficiently carry flue gases from your fireplace out of your home. Something that many homeowners don’t often consider is the potential for chimney fires. In fact, most chimney fires go undetected. Slow-burning chimney fires don’t generate enough heat to be noticeable until a later inspection, but the damage can be severe.
Dirty chimneys cause chimney fires. Your best defense against a chimney fire is a regular inspection and sweeping.
The Chimney Safety Institute says that the following are the nine most common signs that you’ve had a chimney fire: