Chimney Safety Information
General Chimney Safety
A well-built or correctly installed chimney is the first step to a chimney that removes fumes from your home and contains flammable deposits so they don’t penetrate your home. But even the most efficient stoves and the best-built chimneys need annual inspection and periodic cleaning. Older, more inefficient stoves produce more flammable creosote than newer models. Other factors can also contribute to chimney fire dangers, including poor quality wood, bad burning habits, and improper wood storage. A badly designed chimney or one that’s been poorly maintained is a growing danger to your home and family.
Detecting a Chimney Fire
What to Do
The Next Day
Weather Related Damages
Construction / Installation Defects
The chimney above could have probably been saved from the original weather damage by a proper chimney cap. Notice that water-related damage tends to happen from the top down.
Chimney caps also keep birds and animals from moving into your chimney. While we all love nature and wildlife, a critter that can enter the top of the chimney can often exit through the bottom, right into your house, with messy and dangerous results.
The less fortunate birds and animals don’t make it out at all; babies often die in the chimney, leaving horrible odors, lice, and maggots behind.
It’s best to avoid the costs and headaches of animal removal by installing a chimney cap to avoid the issue altogether. Your chimney sweep can help you choose the cap that’s right for your needs, and can install it for you as well.