When properly cared for, your home’s fireplace can create a warm, comfy atmosphere on even the chilliest of days. However, it also can cause major problems for you as a homeowner if you’re not careful. This is why Chicago Metro Home Inspections offers complete fireplace and chimney inspection services to ensure that you and your family can continue to enjoy crackling fires with peace of mind. Our fully trained and experienced technicians can perform a fully certified chimney inspection that covers every feature and checks every detail of your fireplace and chimney. Whether you want a fireplace or chimney inspection as part of a full home inspection or on its own, we’re the most accomplished provider of this service in the Chicagoland area.
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Why Have a Chimney or Fireplace Inspection?
Not all the soot that your wood fires create vanishes into the sky. Over time, it can build up on the inside of your chimney. It clings to the brick or stone and eventually becomes creosote, a kind of tar that can be extremely dangerous. If left untreated, it can become so thick that it even restricts air flow. This can lead to hazardous indoor conditions whenever you build a fire. Creosote also is highly flammable and can catch fire if the temperature becomes hot enough inside the chimney or fireplace.
A chimney inspection will examine the interior closely, look for signs of creosote buildup and remove all soot. In some cases, a more intense fireplace inspection may be warranted. Technicians will access your roof and use specialized equipment to assess the structural integrity of the entire unit. In the case of gas-burning fireplaces, birds’ nests and other debris that can create blockages will be removed.
Signs You Might Need an Inspection
If any of these conditions apply to your house, it may be time to call our certified experts to take a look at your property:
- Too much smoke — If your home becomes smoky when using your fireplace, that could indicate a blockage.
- Fires burn poorly — Fires that won’t start easily or die too soon could be an indicator of poor air flow through your chimney.
- Bad smells — The presence of an unpleasant odor while using your fireplace could mean toxic fumes are building up in the room.
- Selling your home — If you’re selling your property, you will need to have an inspection performed to ensure the safety of the house.
Choose Chicago Metro Home Inspections
We have the most expertise of any inspection company serving the Chicagoland area. To learn more about what we can do to safeguard your fireplace and chimney or to schedule an appointment, reach out to us today.