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Chimney Safety and Inspection

The exhaust of all combustible fuels, in combination with weather and time, can cause chimneys to deteriorate. Chimney deterioration can affect the efficiency of a home’s heating system and lead to a buildup of carbon monoxide in a home. That’s why periodic inspections are advised.

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, homeowners with high-efficiency heating systems should carefully monitor the condition of their chimney. According to the institute, these systems send less heat up the chimney than any previous generation of home heating systems. This can cause condensation in the chimney where water and other substances can accelerate the deterioration of the masonry.

Debris in the chimney, either from deterioration, birds or other sources, can affect the chimney’s ability to draft, creating a potentially dangerous situation. Proper chimney operation is especially critical in today’s tightly built, energy-efficient homes. Because newer homes have better insulation, windows and doors have fewer fresh-air drafts, chimney function must be maintained to assure that the heating fuel burns properly and its exhaust is drawn out of the home.

If you heat with coal, natural gas, oil, propane or wood you should periodically have your chimneys inspected by a professional.