As summer slowly begins to fade, many of us begin looking forward to feeling cosy by a roaring fire. But before you send sparks flying; read up on these top things you may not know about your chimney.
Chimney Sweeps Still Exist
Always bear in mind that your chimney is the escape route for the toxins and smoke produced by burning logs – so ensure to have your chimney swept once a year as a minimum. You can find your local chimney sweep easily through directories such as Yell.
A professional chimney sweep will also be adept at spotting problems with the internal structure of your chimney, which can become extremely costly (not to mention dangerous) if not dealt with straight away.
Chimneys Can Still Get Damaged
As the highest point of your house, chimneys take the brunt of high winds and harsh weather. Therefore, it is important that you carry out essential annually; particularly before winter sets in and you are looking to utilise your fireplace.
Look out for:
- Worn, loose or missing flashes
- Cracking or crumbling brickwork
- Loose chimney pots
Santa Isn’t The Only One With Access To Your Chimney
Chimneys are the perfect home for birds looking to nest, and can easily become clogged by falling leaves during the autumn months. Consider investing in a chimney cap, they are great not only for protecting your chimney from rain damage and keeping out unwanted debris; they are also fantastic insulators. They are easy to purchase from online stores such as Amazon, and are available in a wide range of styles and colours.
Once your annual checks and treatments are taken care of, the only thing left to do is get a fire going and settle down for a lovely relaxing night. Alongside our ability to work on roofing, we are also adept at dealing with many issues concerning chimneys and have been resolving problems for a number of years. We have the skills, equipment and experience to provide a solution to all your chimney related problems, so get in touch today today by calling 01793 979 415 if you are concerned about the current condition of your chimney.