With fall in full swing, it’s time to start preparing your chimney to get back to work for the winter. There are many myths regarding chimney maintenance and function, so we’re here to clear them up!
1. Unused chimneys don’t need inspections. One of the most common myths we hear at Aspen Fireplace is that unused chimneys don’t need an inspection. People think that because it hasn’t been in use must mean that it’s ready to go, good as new. However, it’s quite the opposite in reality. An unused chimney is the biggest candidate for an inspection. During the time when it is not in use, dust, debris and many other foreign objects can build up in the flue. Another major problem is that the flue can actually begin to break down, causing carbon monoxide to leak out from the chimney during a fire. Cracks can also develop which weaken the interior of the chimney structure. An annual inspection will reduce the risk of any type of decay within the chimney and increase the functionality of a burning fire.
2. Structure is the most important aspect of a chimney. Another myth is that the structure is the most important part of the chimney. However, the interior of the flu is just as, if not more, important. If Creosote builds up and blockages occur, it can become extremely harmful. One of the most common reasons for a chimney or flue fire is a result of a dirty chimney. The inspection will catch even the smallest problem that could lead to something bigger down the road.
3. A chimney sweep can be down well for under $50. One of the most common scams are chimney inspections under $50. While the deal sounds like a steal it will end up costing more in the long run. Cheap chimney sweeps rarely complete a full inspection, and end up charging an unfathomable amount of money for “repairs” whether or not they are even needed. Instead of taking the cheap route, chose a reputable, trustworthy company like Aspen Fireplace to complete a comprehensive inspection. A normal inspection can range anywhere from around $150 to $300 depending on each individual circumstance.
4. A complete chimney sweep can be completed in less than 10 minutes. Finally, the fourth common chimney sweep myth is that a full sweep can be finished in 10 minutes. While that sounds convenient, it’s impossible to provide a full inspection in that amount of time. A reputable company sweep should take around an hour and half with the full interior and exterior of the chimney receiving a complete examination.
To schedule your fall chimney inspection, contact the professionals at Aspen Fireplace.