It is true that the most popular times to schedule a chimney cleaning and inspection is either in the Fall or in the Spring, after a long cold winter. However, this winter has been extra special.
According the NBC Chicago, from October through January 26, we only received 8.6” of snow. As we all enjoyed normal temperatures and less snow, that would all change quickly. In the past 22 days, we’ve seen 36.2 inches of snow. Clearly evident as we’re now shoveling and throwing snow way over our heads. Now add on the polar vortex of days of single digit frigid temperatures, and clearly it has wreaked havoc on just about…everything.
As you read in our last post, the freeze-thaw cycle and water leaks can cause plenty of damage to the exterior chimney, fireplace and the inside of your home. As we’ve had some serious weather conditions, getting a chimney inspection may not be such a bad idea.
A chimney inspection will alert you to any physical problems found in the firebox, flue, creosote build up or the possibility of blockages. In addition, a chimney inspection can also identify any leaks, cracks or if the chimney is unstable in any way. We take the inspection further with a full 14-point inspection.
Let’s take a closer look at the chimney inspection.
The Integrity of the Chimney
The technician begins by visually inspecting the chimney. The technician will take note of any…