When water from rain snow or ice can get into the brick or mortar and cause these chemicals onto the surface of the chimney. To fix this the cause of the water penetration has to be determined by a visual inspection of the chimney crown, mortar joints and flashing.
A chimney liner is a stainless steel pipe that from runs from your fireplace, insert or stove, through your chimney to the roof. Chimney liners are installed when it determined that the lining of your chimney flue is either cracked or in some other way damaged.
As our gas-tight and insulated for highest efficiency. Chimney liners can solve most safety and drafting issues on older or fire damaged chimney flues.
There are number of reasons to install a chimney cap:
keeping the flu clear of fallen leaves
keeping out birds and animals
keeping rain out of the chimney
Heating contractor inspection generally stops at the beginning of the flu or chimney base and does not detect problems inside your chimney.
Although generally, a natural gas fired furnace burns relatively clean it can create conditions that may erode the chimney flue. More importantly other conditions including animals and stranger things like lightning strikes can create problematic or dangerous conditions in your chimney. Thus your chimney should be inspected at least once per year.
Yes. A byproduct that comes from the furnace when it mixes with moisture becomes an acid that erodes clay and cement. This can cause gaps in the flue lining which could allow carbon monoxide to enter the living space.
First, get everybody out of the house and call 911
if you have a chimney fire extinguisher, use it
if possible, close any glass doors or damper on the fireplace and any air openings on a stove.
Before using the chimney again make sure you have it inspected and cleaned by a professional before you use it again
Here are a few things you can do to maintain a healthy chimney.
Use only seasoned wood
build smaller hotter fires that burn more completely
never burn quantities of cardboard, wrapping paper, trash or Christmas trees.
On your woodstove use a flue thermometer so you can make adjustments to produce a hotter burn
have you chimney inspected at least once a year and cleaned as needed
Cold air outside can prevent the air from rising in your flue. The solution is to pre-warm or prime the flu before you start the fire. You can do this by burning newspaper crumpled into a ball before you light the fire. You can also open a nearby window into the fire is venting properly.
A full cord of wood is a stack that measures 8 foot wide by 4 foot high by 4 foot deep. A face cord of wood is half the size of a full cord.
The best indicator of seasoned wood is large cracks at the ends. In general, the larger the cracks the dryer the wood.
It is most important that you make sure the firewood youre using is dried and seasoned. Hard words have more heat value than soft woods. You should never burn painted wood, plywood or pressure-treated lumber.
The odor you smell is creosote inside a dirty chimney thats reacting to humidity or rain. A good chimney cleaning and possibly a deodorizer will solve the problem.
Creosote is the accumulation of vaporized carbon particles that condense onto the surface of the smoke chamber and chimney. Heavier buildups of creosote are generally caused by burning unseasoned wood or an improperly sized chimney flue.
There are many things that could cause smoke to get into the living space. You should have your chimney and fireplace inspected to determine the cause.
The spring or early summer is the best time to clean a chimney for several reasons:
you can avoid the foul odor that occurs when hot humid air reacts with creosote in a dirty chimney.
You can usually get an immediate appointment instead of waiting weeks for an appointment during the busy fall winter season.
Any problems uncovered during an inspection can be repaired in time for the next burning season.
Generally I chimney cleaning will take approximately 45 to 60 minutes for fireplace or wood stove chimney. A walk-in fireplace or very tall chimney could take longer.
The general recommendation is that your chimney should be checked at least once per year. Even a chimney that is connected to a gas or oil burning device can be blocked by an animal or another structural defect. Chimneys connected to fireplaces or wood-burning stoves that are used frequently may require cleaning as much as twice per year.