When you are using your fireplace in your home it is always important to practice fire safety, but sometimes there are problems that arise without warning. Some situations involving your chimney are emergent while others are less urgent. What is a chimney emergency? What issues can wait and what issues need immediate attention? Let’s look at some chimney issues that could arise and how to deal with them.
Most chimney emergencies are discovered when you build a fire in the fireplace and the smoke does not go up the chimney as it should, but rather it backs up into the home. This can create a dangerous situation as it creates unsafe breathing conditions in your home. Anytime your fireplace has ‘puff back” or smoke backing up into your home it is important to call a professional. First, once the fire is out and everything has cooled and is safe to inspect, make sure the damper and flue are open. If both of those things appear to be in order, you’ll need to call a repair company.
This puff back can occur when there is creosote build-up in your chimney, or if there is environmental blockage. Creosote is also highly flammable, so having your chimney cleaned on a regular basis is an essential part of fire safety. Environmental blockage can include dirt and debris that has made its way into your chimney and created a blockage, such as leaves, branches, even bird nests. If you have puff back into you home make sure to contact a chimney service company as soon as possible.
Another issue that would be considered a chimney emergency would be physical damage to the interior or exterior of your chimney. If, for example, a tree branch lands on your roof and damages the chimney exterior, you’ll need to have that repaired as soon as possible. This type of damage can expose your home to the elements and lead to debris blockages which can, in turn, cause issues down the road.
If you think you are experiencing a chimney emergency, it is essential to get it taken care of as quickly as possible. Chimney problems can lead to unsafe conditions in your fireplace and in turn lead to fires. If you are concerned about your chimney, or you just need a routine chimney inspection, call us at Fireside Stone and Patio today. We are here for all of your chimney and fireplace needs.