Inspecting the Liners and Chimney
Same Day Carpet Cleaning Paramount — When was the last time you replaced the liner in your chimney, if you have one? If you’re still stumped by that question, it’s definitely time to do some more research and maybe even get your chimney inspected. You could need a new liner.
Despite the fact that chimneys are meant to endure practically everything, the truth is that they aren’t quite as unbreakable as we may imagine. By allowing gases and/or burning embers to escape, the liners in particular could easily lose their former solidity and be a factor in a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.
If you do find that you need new liners, you have a few options available to you, including the following. The fireplaces of today are not the fireplaces of old – which is a good thing for homeowners. The fireplaces of today are not necessarily simply made of brick. Many are made of a variety of more supple materials. This allows you to replace the liners without essentially rebuilding the entire chimney.
But first, of course you will need to find out if you actually need a new liner. To do that it is best to have your chimney inspected by someone who knows what they’re looking for. And where would you go for such a service? Well, to a chimney sweep. Though many may have the idea that chimney sweeps don’t actually exist anymore, the truth is they are as popular as ever. As more and more homeowners are putting fireplaces into their homes, the business of chimney sweeping as become an important element in making sure we keep our homes safe. A chimney sweep will install, clean and maintain your chimney so as to keep it in working order and safe to use.
One of the chimney sweep’s main jobs is to look for potential fire hazards, as well as blockages in your chimney. This is especially important for those who have a gas fireplace. If a homeowner with a gas fireplace has blockage in their chimney, the fumes can easily build up inside the home. A chimney sweep may do an initial inspection of your chimney, and then depending on what they find, they may suggest a more in-depth inspection.
Although there are chimney sweeps who do this type of inspection for a living, you should keep in mind in most localities there is no government oversight or industry regulators. In addition to asking friends and neighbors for suggestions of someone they trust, you might also call your local fire department or even the appropriate local government office to see what they recommend.